YEREVAN, March 27. / ARKA /. The Armenian ministry of agriculture said today that farmers could use traditional methods to protect their orchards from late frosts expected later this month.
Armenian weather service warned that temperatures in the Ararat valley may drop on March 31 overnight up to 2 degrees below zero on Celsius in the air and 5 degrees on the soil surface.
The snaps of cold may damage already blooming apricot, plum, peach and cherry orchards, as well as vineyards in the Ararat Valley and in the southern province of Syunik, the ministry of agriculture said.
It said also in order to protect their orchards from possible damages farmers should collect half-moist twigs, dung and other combustible materials and set them on fire in the evening, when the temperature begins to drop to generate smoke that could protect the plants. It said the lowest temperature is usually recorded between 4 am to 7 am.
Experts also say extensive irrigation of stone fruit gardens at night may also help protect the trees from frosts. This applies also to cabbage seedlings planted in open areas.
"We advise that all farmers follow our advice, proved by many years of experience, in order to minimize the threat and prevent crop losses ", the ministry said. -0-