YEREVAN, June 2. /ARKA/. Armenian agriculture ministry and Oxfam’s joint group intends to complete the elaboration of the 2015-2025 agriculture stable development strategy by December 2014, Margarita Hakobyan, the head of the Armenian Office of British Oxfam, said on Monday.
She said all stakeholders are participating in the elaboration process, for example, the Agricultural Union established in 2011 on Oxfam’s initiative and comprising of 14 local and international organizations.
The working group’s coordinator is Hrachya Tspnetsyan, head of the Armenian agriculture ministry’s agency in charge of development programs.
Hakobyan said the group pays special attention to food safety in the country. It was planned initially to work out a separate strategy for this, but later it was decided to include this component in the general strategy of stable development of agriculture and rural areas.
She said that working groups are now setting up in provinces, and the strategy is being worked out with taking into account natural and climatic characteristics and possible agricultural risks in the country.
In recent days, John Barker, project manager at the EU delegation in Armenia, said the European Union will provide a 25 million euro assistance to support agricultural development.
He said 20 million euros will be given to the Armenian government to replenish its budget, and he remaining 5 million will be used to assist farmers.
He noted that part of the money will be used on the development and implementation of a sustainable development strategy for rural areas for the period from 2015 to 2025. Barker said the use of the funds will be monitored tightly over the next three years.
Oxfam, an Oxford-based independent international benevolent organization, was established in 1942. The organization includes more than 70 countries. -0-----