YEREVAN, January 16. / ARKA /. Bitter colds throughout last December and in the first ten days of January across the Ararat valley could have damaged the vineyards, head of Armenian weather center Zaruhi Petrosyan warned at a news conference today.
The cold weather embraced Ararat and Armavir regions, the foothills of Aragatsotn and Vayots Dzor regions - the main areas of fruit and wine growing - as well as the capital city Yerevan. The temperatures rose a little on January 14 following a heavy snowfall.
Ms. Petrosyan said together with the ministry of agriculture they are trying to determine the size of damage to vineyards.
“Of course, we can not assert that frosts damaged all the vineyards of the valley, however, the cold caused some damage in this area, " she said.
She said the frost will gradually recede because of incoming warm cyclone.
"In the next five days there will be no precipitations and gradually, the temperature will rise to above zero mark. In Yerevan it will rise to five degrees at daytime,” she said.
According to the ministry of agriculture, the grape output last year amounted to 240,900 metric tons, 500 tons less than in 2012. -0-