YEREVAN, December 19. /ARKA/. Two Armenia-Belarus centers for maintenance and assembling of agricultural equipment will be opened in Giumry and Ararat region of Armenia in the first half of 2014, Belarusian ambassador to Armenia Stepan Sukharenko told reporters Wednesday.
Sukharenko reminded the premiers of Armenia and Belarus agreed on supply of 300 МТЗ-80 tractors to Armenia practically at prime cost; of them 120 have already been supplied and need warranty and post-warranty maintenance.
Another advantage of the project is that about 3,000 old Soviet-time tractors can be repaired or used for spare parts in those centers, the ambassador said.
About 150 tractors delivered to Armenia from Belarus also need maintenance, replacement of filters, the oil, and etc.
The centers are expected to carry out maintenance of up to 10 tractors per day and to expand if required.
The project will be a 50/50 shared venture with Armenia providing premises and Belarus supplying the spare parts, the ambassador said.
Sukharenko said Armenia has had maintenance specialists since Soviet times, but in the beginning, before the center is certified, Belarusian specialists from the parent enterprise, Minsk Motor Factory, will come to train Armenian colleagues.
Apart from this, the ambassador said, Belarus is supplying also automated tractors that will need experts from the headquarters for maintenance, at least in the initial stage.
A training center may be set up in future to train specialists for traveling to remote regions in cases of malfunctioning agricultural equipment, Sukharenko said.
The only problem is that no representative from the Armenian side has been found yet, the ambassador said. Armenian ministry should find a businessman who will represent the country and undertake the responsibility of opening the center, Sukharenko said.
As of January 1 2013, there were 14,683 tractors and 1,362 combines in Armenia. –0--