ArmInfo. For the second year, 10 Armenian producers engaged in organic farming, from February 14 to 17, take part in the leading international exhibition of organic products "BIOFACH-2018" in Nunberg, Germany.
According to the press service of Armenian Agriculture Ministry, Armenian producers under the single pavilion "Organic Armenia" presented certified organic products, including herbal and berry teas, fats derived from fruit seeds, dried fruits, juices, pills, honey, and fertilizers.
RA Deputy Minister of Agriculture Armen Harutyunyan stressed that the development of organic agriculture is a priority for the ministry. In particular, according to him, numerous programs are being implemented aimed at providing technical and financial advice to farmers engaged in organic farming. "Participation in such an exhibition is another opportunity to present Armenian organic products. In addition, it is also useful from the point of view of acquaintance of our producers with international experience, in particular, with innovations and tendencies in the development of the sphere, "A. Harutyunyan said. According to him, at present the agency is working on the development of the program "Green Agriculture", which is aimed at developing organic agricultural production and efficient use of natural resources.
The EU Ambassador to Armenia Petr Svitalsky, wishing good luck to the Armenian producers, noted: "The EU believes in the development of agriculture in Armenia, and in particular organic production. 30% of Armenia's working population are engaged in agriculture in the communities. Thanks to the EU assistance, the number of farmers involved in the organic production of agricultural products has increased in the framework of the OASI (Organic Agriculture Support Initiative) program in Armenia.
In turn, the head of the OASI program team David Mukenhuber noted that last year's participation in the BIOFACH exhibition was quite effective. In this regard, he said that Armenian producers of vegetable organic fats and dried berry extracts increased their export volumes. "We hope that the success in BIOFACH will inspire other farmers to switch to the production of organic products, which will make it possible to form a steadily developing agriculture in Armenia," he added.
According to the source, the participation of Armenian producers is supported by the Ministry of Agriculture, the EU, the Austrian Development Agency under the OASI program. The Development Fund of Armenia and the National SME Assistance Center also act as promotional structures. And 10 more Armenian enterprises take part in the exhibition as visitors.
The geography of the international exhibition of organic products BIOFACH covers 7 global economic markets. This year, 2,790 companies from 129 countries will take part in the exhibition. Expected more than 51 thousand visitors, distributors and other interested persons.