YEREVAN, September 27. / ARKA /. Import of melons from Turkey is a serious blow to Armenian farmers, head of Association of Armenian Hothouses, Poghos Gevorgyan, told a news conference today.
"Five years ago when imports of melons from Turkey began, we warned of a Turkish "diversion." Now it has become a reality, as together with Turkish products potato moth has penetrated into Armenia," he said.
According to him, the price of Turkish tomatoes on the Armenian border is $3.3 per kilogram and according to Armenian law, for each kilogram the importer must pay a customs duty of 450 drams (32 % of the cost of the product).
"However, Turkish tomatoes are sold at 500 drams per kilogram in winter, while in theory they should cost much more, given the customs duties, as well as the cost of transportation. It turns out that the importers pay no taxes, which allows them to sell the imported products at unbelievably low prices. Armenian farmers can not compete with them as a kilo of tomatoes from the greenhouse is worth at least 800 drams,” he said.
He also complained of the low quality of imported Turkish vegetables, saying Turkish legislation allows cultivation of genetically modified organisms and it is possible that such products are brought to Armenia.
He said the latest rise in gas prices made farmers to take huge loans and work with losses. Gevorgyan also said that in Armenia there are one thousand greenhouses. ($ 1 - 405.86 drams). - 0 -