YEREVAN, December 24. /ARKA/. Land under potato crops will be expanded in Armenia within three years, if there are no obstacles, particularly from Georgia, Hrach Berberyan, head of the farmers' association, said Tuesday at a news conference.
Without indicating particular figures, he said that the growth will be ensured by the profits farmers gained this year from selling potatoes.
The agriculture ministry says potato crops totaled 659,600 tons this year.
Berberyan paid special attention to the problems relating to the export of Armenian potatoes to Georgia, whose market is very important for Armenian potato exporters.
“Very important is out government’s stance – as a result, we will lose Georgian market or retain it,” he said.
In late October, Georgian finance ministry’s revenue agency said that Ralstonia Solanacearum and Synchytrium Endobioticum (Schilb) Perc had been found on Armenian potatoes in preliminary examination at Sadakhlo checkpoint and samples of infected potatoes had been sent to a special laboratory, which had confirmed the suspicion. More than 400 tons of potatoes had been returned back to exporter country.
The Armenian side reacted to the incident by denial saying that these samples had been taken from another, not Armenian batch of potatoes and that there were no such microorganisms in Armenia..--0---