Armenia’s ministry of agriculture developing winegrowing strategy

Armenia’s ministry of agriculture developing winegrowing strategy

YEREVAN, February 24. /ARKA/. Armenia’s ministry of agriculture is developing a winegrowing strategy, the press office of the ministry reported.

The ministry discussed the strategy in a meeting with winegrowers, winemakers and scientists Friday.

Despite the recent trend for recovery in winemaking industry, the sector still needs a coordinated approach and a new strategy, according to the report.

The strategy specifies tools for state support to the field to ensure increased production and processing.

The meeting participants stressed the importance of improving the legal framework and supervision in the field and taking measures against phylloxera (a viticide).

The participants said the strategy is successful in general, but it needs to be improved and finalized. In particular, an immediate inventory of vineyards is needed and demand for grape varieties should be clarified, they said. The strategy should also contain stronger measures against phylloxera. The participants said a collection of local varieties should be created and funds for implementation of the strategy should be clarified.

According to the ministry of agriculture, grape yields totaled 240,900 tons in Armenia in 2013, a slight reduction from the year before. –0—

11:10 24.02.2014

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