YEREVAN, April 25. /ARKA/. The amount of damage caused to Armenia’s agriculture by an unprecedented spring snowstorm in the last two days of March that was accompanied by freezing temperatures throughout the country will be announced on April 28, a local daily «Haykakan Zhamanak" (Armenian Time) said quoting a deputy minister of agriculture Garnik Petrosyan.
The brunt of the unusually cold weather bore the farmers in fruit-growing areas south and west of Yerevan. Its consequences were particularly palpable in Armavir province.
Earlier, the press service of the ministry told the newspaper that the preliminary data on the extent of the damage would be unveiled no later than April 13.
According to the deputy minister, the reason behind the two-week delay is that some provincial administrations failed to sum up the findings of special commissions that were set up to gauge the amount of damage.
Asked whether the delay had to do with the uncertainty regarding the reappointment of the acting minister Sergo Karapetyan, Petrosyan said that the amount of damage is calculated by community, regional and national commissions whose work is not related to the appointment of minister. According to him, the accuracy of figures will be 80-90 %. -0-