YEREVAN, December 4. / ARKA /. Armenia’s potato output this year is about 658,000 tons, slightly more than last year, when farmers gathered 647,000 tons, deputy agriculture minister Garnik Petrosyan told a news conference today.
According to him, some 20,000 metric tons of potato have been exported so far, up from 1000 tons sold by December 1 last year.
He said in view of the fact that some countries have a deficit of potatoes this year Armenia may sell its surplus to these countries. He added that Armenia exports potato to Russia, Georgia, Iran, Iraq and Turkmenistan.
He also downplayed reports that the high price of the omnipresent vegetable at home is due to increasing exports. Currently one kg of potato in Yerevan is sold at 140-200 drams. The minister claimed the price was not high. He said in the past low price often forced farmers to abandon cultivation of potato. ($ 1 - 403.91 drams). -0-