YEREVAN, April 10. / ARKA /. The Armenian government has allowed today the Ministry of Agriculture to spend 85 million drams on purchase of seeds for farmers whose orchards were severely affected by unprecedented frost on the last two days of March.
According to some estimates, the cold spell has damaged about 90 percent of apricot crop Gusty winds and a temperature drop of 10-12 degrees were accompanied by heavy snowfall across Armenia.
The snow cover was as thick as 30-40 centimeters in Yerevan. Apart from apricot orchards, damage is caused also to cherry and almond trees.
According to preliminary estimates, the damage to apricot trees alone may reach $25 million.
Under another government decision, barley, alfalfa and sainfoin seeds will be sold to farmers for 130 drams per kilo instead of 200 drams.
The government said it will buy in the Russian Federation 1,978 tons of barley seeds, 168 tons of alfalfa seeds, 190 tons of sainfoin seeds and 24 tons of corn. ($ 1 - 415.28 drams). - 0 -