Seed, fertilizer and fuel prices to remain unchanged for Armenian farmers in 2014 – premier

Seed, fertilizer and fuel prices to remain unchanged for Armenian farmers in 2014 – premier

YEREVAN, February 7. /ARKA/. Seeds, fertilizers and fuel will be supplied to farms at constant prices in 2014, Armenia’s premier Tigran Sargsyan said at a government meeting after approval of three agricultural programs.

Armenia’s government approved Thursday the program for production of barley, corn, Lucerne and sainfoin to be sown in spring 2014.

The country’s minister of agriculture Sergo Karapetyan said based on farmers’ applications, a decision was made to export a total of 1,978 tons of barley seeds, 168 tons of Lucerne, 190 tons of sainfoin and 24 tons of corn from Russia.

Donskoy Agrokhimcenter won the tender as it provided cheaper prices than the actual prices in the 2013 procurements, the minister said. As a result, Armenia made saving of some 106 million drams, he said.

According to the minister, the program will allow increasing sown area by 20,000 hectares. Per kilogram prices for farmers remain unchanged from 2013 – 200 drams for barley, 350 drams for corn, 1,500 drams for Lucerne and 370 drams for sainfoin.

The government has also approved its program for procurements of fertilizers, which provided a saving of 59 million drams, Karapetyan said. Fertilizers will be provided to farms at the same per bag prices as in 2013 – 6,000 drams for nitrogen fertilizers (35% lower than the market price) and 7,000 drams for phosphate and potash fertilizers (half the market price), according to the minister.

Under the approved government program, a total of 17.6 million tons of diesel fuel will be purchased from Flesh company that won the tended, with saving of 33.5 million drams. The price for farmers will remain the same as in 2013 – 350 drams per liter.

Total government support to farms under three programs is 4 billion drams. ($1=409.72drams). –0--

11:00 07.02.2014

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