Armenian irrigation systems need to be demonopolized – expert
YEREVAN, March 26. /ARKA/. The irrigation system should be demonopolized in Armenia, head of the agrarian-peasant union of Armenia Hrach Berberyan said.
The field was monopolized when the association of water users replaced the ministry of agriculture in dealing with irrigation systems in 2012, Berberyan told a press conference Wednesday.
According to the expert, the monopoly leads to restrictions for local farmers and makes them depend on the association. Alternative organizations empowered to sign agreements with rural communities on supply of irrigation water should be created in the country, Berberyan said. These organizations will then have an opportunity to settle irrigation water tariffs and create conditions for their reduction, he added.
Irrigation water costs 11 drams per cubic meter today, as compared to 8 drams in 2010. Irrigated area totals about 130,000 hectares in Armenia, compared to 270,000 hectares in Soviet times. –0—