YEREVAN, December 20. / ARKA /. The outgoing year has seen an upsurge in exports of sheep from Armenia to Iran to about 100,000 from 75,000 in 2012, a deputy minister of agriculture said today.
He said a small portion of sheep went also to Iraq. He attributed the upsurge to a rise in the number of sheep in Armenia.
According to Ashot Hovanesian, head of the ministry department, who spoke at the same news conference, the pick in sheep export was reported in 2011, when 185,000 sheep were sold to Iran.
He added that Armenia has enough sheep to sell up to 250,000 to Iran and other countries a year.
According to official data, the number of sheep and goats this year has grown by 40,000 to 705,000. -0-