YEREVAN, January 22. / ARKA /. Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan chaired today a meeting that was convened to discuss the conduct of the first ever complete agricultural stocktaking in the country, the government reported.
The aim of the move is to collect comprehensive information about the lands, agricultural buildings and facilities, livestock, farm machinery, human and material resources and their use.
Head of the World Bank Yerevan Office, Jean Michel Happi, who also participate in the meeting, said the Yerevan Office was ready to assist in conducting the stocktaking.
Given the importance of the agricultural sector for Armenia, the World Bank has provided the government with a $200,000 grant to implement this project. EU’s Twinning Program and the U.S. Department of Agriculture also expressed readiness to help in implementing the stocktaking.
Prime minister Sargsyan said the government has never conducted such a sticktaking.
"The share of agriculture in GDP in the last five years has increased significantly due to structural changes and ongoing programs, " he said, adding that the Armenian government has developed a new long-term comprehensive program of rural development.
Agriculture minister Sergo Karapetian said the stocktaking will help form a single system to raise the efficiency of future work. UN member countries are obliged to conduct such stocktaking at least once every ten years. -0-