Cheese in Armenia cheapest in CIS – ministry of agriculture
YEREVAN, July 7. /ARKA/. The lowest prices for cheese within the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) are recorded in Armenia, head of zoology and veterinary service of Armenia’s ministry of agriculture Ashot Hovhannisyan told reporters Friday.
Prices for some other animal food products are lower than in other CIS countries, he said.
Average cheese price is about 180 Russian rubles per kilogram in Yerevan, about 217 rubles in Dushanbe, about 234 rubles in Bishkek, about 255 rubles in Minsk and about 303 rubles in Baku. The highest cheese prices were reported in Moscow (378 rubles) and Astana (381 rubles). The prices were calculated based on central banks’ exchange rates.
Armenia’s cheese prices are low due to increased milk production in the country, Hovhannisyan said. About 407,000 tons of milk was produced in Armenia in the first half of this year, by 105% more than in the same period of the last year.
Armenia’s cheese exports exceeded 1,000 tons in the first six months, the double of what was exported in the same period of 2013, he said.
Over 25 kinds of cheese are manufactured in Armenia with many of them, like Lori, Chanakh, Motal, Chechil, Yeghegnadzor, being native cheeses.
According to Armenia’s state revenues committee, cheese and curd exports totaled 1,541 tons in 2013 as compared to 904.6 tons in 2012. The cheese was exported mainly to Russia and Georgia. Cheese and curd imports to Armenia, mainly from New Zealand, Germany and Russia, totaled 1,243.7 tons in 2013 against 1,056 tons in 2012. –0--