YEREVAN, May 7. / ARKA /. An 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) worthy damages to farmers, a deputy minister of agriculture, Garnik Petrosyan, told a news conference today.
The brunt of the unusually cold weather bore the farmers in fruit-growing areas south and west of Yerevan. Its consequences were particularly palpable in Armavir and Ararat provinces where the frost killed about 80% of apricot crop.
Petrosyan said the unusual cold did not cause tangible damages to fruits and vegetable crops in the majority of rural communities in Aragatsotn, Kotayk and Vayots Dzor regions.
He said the cold weather damaged slightly peach, plum and cherry trees and vineyards.
He specified that the snowstorm and snaps of cold damaged crops in a total area of 9,185 hectares in 287 communities involving 3,700 households. ($1 – 413.76 drams). -0-