YEREVAN, December 27. /ARKA/. Armenia intends to export sheep to Iraq, Armenian minister of agriculture Sergo Karapetyan told journalists Wednesday.
Earlier mass media reported that Iran is not importing sheep from Armenia due to devaluing rial. Efforts are made to continue sheep exports to Iran, the minister said.
Currently negotiations are under way to arrange exports of sheep and mutton to Iraq via Iran, Karapetyan said.
The minister also informed that exports to Iran dropped from 172,000 sheep head in 2011 to 48,000 in 2012.
In general, exports promoted increasing sheep and goat production by some 57,700 head by January 1, 2012.
According to the ministry of agriculture, there are currently some 590,200 head of cattle, 598,000 head of sheep and goats and 108,000 pigs in the country. –0--