YEREVAN, December 25. / ARKA /. Armenian minister of agriculture, Sergo Karapetyan, has downplayed today media reports about imminent shortage of dairy products in the country next year.
The concern was expressed by some experts prompted by increasing butchery of cattle throughout autumn and December.
"No reason for concern. There will be no shortage of dairy products in 2014,’ the minister told a news conference today.
He explained that about 240,000 heads of cattle and 450,000 sheep are butchered each year with the peak being in October -December, when about 50% of cattle earmarked for butchering is slaughtered.
According to the ministry of agriculture, the number of cattle in Armenia in 2013 increased by 10,000 heads this year reaching 671,000, the number of sheep and goats has increased by about 40,000 heads to 705,000 and the number of pigs increased slightly to 145,000.
Milk production has increased by 30,000 tons to 658,000 tons. -0-