YEREVAN, December 19. / ARKA /. Out of 70 cheese making plants in Armenia only 11 are well- equipped, the chairman of the Union of Armenian Cheese Producers, Armen Gigoyan, said to a news conference today.
He said to meet the growing domestic cheese demand the plants should have modern equipment, which requires serious investments.
He also singled out the lack of control over the quality of milk before it is procured by companies. According to him, although milk undergoes a thorough processing, ‘we need to completely rule out purchase of low quality milk.’
Armenian cheese-making plants produce 17,000 tons of 25 varieties of cheese a year, while the domestic consumption is 20,000 tons. The imported varieties are mainly from Holland and Bulgaria, he said.
According to the National Statistical Service, in the first ten months this year some 15,138 tons of cheese was produced, down from 15,413 tons produced in the same period in 2012. -0-