Armenia’s winter wheat survived December frosts – ministry of agriculture

Armenia’s winter wheat survived December frosts – ministry of agriculture

YEREVAN, February 13. /ARKA/. Winter wheat plantings have not suffered from low temperatures recorded in December last year, the press office of Armenia’s ministry of agriculture reported.

At the end of 2013 temperatures were below minus 16-20 in Ararat Valley and adjoining regions for a couple of weeks.

It is early to make assessments of possible harm, but one thing is clear winter wheat plantings on main areas have not suffered as they were permanently under the snow throughout the frost period, says the report.

According to the ministry of agriculture, the 2013 cereals yields in Armenia were 544,200 tons, an increase of 88,100 tons compared to the year before.

Experts are concerned over possible damage in vineyards where grape vine shoots were not buried in the ground. They say peach and cherry trees may have also suffered damage from hail.

The ministry says the final information about damage will be available in the period of active growth of vines and fruit trees. –0—

11:12 13.02.2014

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