YEREVAN, January 22. /ARKA/. Twinning’s $1-million program aimed at strengthening control over safety of foods of animal origin and fodders opened European markets’ doors to Armenia, Abram Bakhchagulyan, chief of Armenia’s food safety agency, told ARKA News Agency.
The program lasted 21 month and it is already completed. “In September 2013 we got permission to export Armenian honey to European markets,” Bakhchagulyan said. “Not a single Armenian product of animal origin had been allowed to be brought to European markets.”
On October 17, 2013, Armenia’s government approved the list of requirements to quality of the honey exported to Europe and the procedure of provision of appropriate certificates.
All the EU certificates necessary for exporting Armenian natural honey to Europe were provided upon completion of the program.
According to the National Statistical Service of Armenia, export of natural honey from Armenia dropped 73.2% in 2012 from $110,700 to $29,600.
Armenia’s Customs Service says 2.4 tons of natural honey worth $24,700 were exported from Armenia over the first half of 2013. -0----