YEREVAN, September 30. / ARKA /. Armenian farmers gathered 86,400 metric tons of apricots this year, an increase of 12,000 tons compared with 2012, according to a deputy agriculture minister Samvel Galstyan.
Speaking at a news conference he said this resulted in an increase of apricots exports, which grew by 10,700 tons from last year to record high level of 23,300 tons.Earlier the agricultural ministry said more than 85 percent of them went to Russia and another 11 percent to neighboring Georgia.
Galstyan said the output could have been even higher had not hailstorms damaged the fruit in tens of communities in Armavir region.
Powerful hailstorms struck the Armavir province, one of the country’s main fruit-growing areas, in May, damaging the crop in nearly 50 communities. The damage was estimated later at 25 billion drams. ($1 – 405.06 drams)..-0-