Over 50 cooperative farms established in Armenia as part of EU program

YEREVAN, September 27. /ARKA/. As many as 53 cooperative entities have been established in Armenia as part of the Eastern Partnership Program’s agriculture development project, Armen Harutyunyan, deputy agriculture minister, told journalists on Tuesday.

“The EU-financed project was launched in 2015 and will last until 2017,” he said. “Its budget amounts to €25 million and another €1 million will be provided by the Austrian Development Agency. The key aim of the project is to support structural reforms in Armenia’s agriculture ministry, to improve laws and to develop cooperative farms.”

Harutyunyan said that the process will be continued – there is a preliminary arrangement to launch a new project in 2017 which costs €10 million.

“Another program financed by the European Union and the Austrian Development Agency and aimed at development of organic agriculture is being implemented now as well,” he said adding that in a few days the provision of small grants will begin.

The deputy minister said that all the projects are aimed at supporting farmers – necessary equipment and materials are provided to cooperative farms.

Some campaigns are being run as well for exporting crops and developing local markets.
Ignat Arakelyan, too, rated the project highly.

“Cooperatives farms are very effective for creation additional cost in agriculture. We should keep moving in this direction, assess results of investments and encourage farmers to join the cooperatives.”

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