YEREVAN, January 20. / ARKA /. Meat production in Armenia is expected to grow this year by 4-5%, Ashot Hovhannisyan, head of the veterinary department of the ministry of agriculture, told a news conference today.
According to the latest data of the National Statistical Service, meat production in January- November 2013 saw a 7 percent rise from the same time span in 2012 to about 53,700 metric tons. Production of sausages and other produces increased by 0.3 % from 2012 to 4, 170 metric tons. Hovhannisyan attributed the growth to significant annual increase in the number of livestock.
According to the ministry of agriculture, the number of sheep and goats increased last year by 40,000 to 705,000; the number of pigs grew slightly to 145,000. Livestock growth in 2013 contributed to almost a 15, 0000 tons increase in sale of meat and poultry (in live weight) to about 145,000 tons.
The rise in meat production pushed the price of pork down by 1000 drams down. That of mutton fell by 500 drams, and of beef by 200 drams.
According to the National Statistical Service, in 2013 December meat prices rose by 2.3% from the year earlier and fell by 0.4 percent from November.
Livestock accounts for 40 percent of Armenian agricultural output. It is worth 360 billion drams. ($ 1 - 406.35 drams). -0 -