YEREVAN, June 26. / ARKA /. Armenian exports of fresh fruits and vegetables rose to 24,740 metric tons as of June 25, up from 19,590 metric tons in the same time span of 2013, deputy agriculture minister Robert Makaryan told ARKA today.
Makaryan said 2,620 tons were grapes, 339 tons – sweet cherries, 18,400 tons - potatoes, 1,500 tons - cabbage, 650 tons - beets and radishes and 188 tons - carrots. The bulk of the exports went to Georgia, Russia, Iraq, UAE and Kuwait.
He said exports of apricots slashed to 70 metric tons from 7,700 tons from the year before. According to a forecast of the ministry of agriculture, apricot output this year will be about 8000 tons, against 86,000 tons in 2013.
The dramatic drop is blamed on cold spells in late March that damaged up to 90 percent of output in Ararat and Armavir regions. -0-