YEREVAN, May 7 . / ARKA /. Armenia’s wine-growers are expected to gather this year around 240,000 metric tons of grape, virtually as much as in 2013, according to the ministry of agriculture.
In 2013 the country was said to have produced 241,400 metric tons of grape, by 500 tons less than in 2012. The drop was blamed on hail that damaged vineyards in Armavir region of the country.
According to the ministry data, vineyards occupy a total area of 17,500 hectares, of which 915 hectares have been hit by freezing temperatures in late March this year.
A deputy minister of agriculture, Garnik Petrosyan, told a news conference today that the unprecedented spring snowstorm in the last two days of March that was accompanied by freezing temperatures throughout the country has caused 11.2 billion drams ($27 million) worth damages to farmers. -0-