YEREVAN, April 14. / ARKA /. For the third successive year Armenia has been number one among former Soviet republics making the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in terms of cattle number growth rate, which has been 8-9%, according to Ashot Hovhanesian, head of veterinary service of the ministry of agriculture.
He said with a 5.5 % growth rate Uzbekistan is second.
In particular, he said that the number of cattle last year grew by 17,000 heads from the previous year. The number of sheep grew by 45,000, he added.
"These numbers inspire hope that the share of locally produced meat and dairy products will be rising to reduce imports," he said.
According to the ministry of agriculture, there were 671,000 heads of cattle in the country last year. The number of sheep stood at 705,000 and the number of pigs was 145,000.
Livestock growth in 2013 contributed to the increase in sales of meat and poultry by 15,000 tons to 145,000 tons (in live weight). Milk production increased nearly by 30 tons from 2012 to 658,000 tons. -0-