ArmInfo. On the regular forum attached to the implementation of the European Neighborhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) Deputy Minister of Agriculture Armen Harutyunyan stated that ENPARD program will be continued in 2017 referring to preliminary agreement with the EU on provision of 10 mln EUR financing.
The press-service of Armenia's Agriculture Ministry has told ArmInfo that the program aimed at development of organic agriculture, financed by Austrian Development Agency and EU will also be continued.
According to the source within the implementation of the European program 51 business-oriented seminars have been held in all the regions of Armenia aimed at raising awareness about farmers' associations.
Minister of Agriculture Ignatiy Arakelyan, Cooperation Officer of EU Delegation to Armenia John Barker, officials from state and public structures and representatives of scientific and educational fields have participated in ENPARD forum, during which the recent achievements and steps aimed at sustainable development of agriculture have been presented.
To recall, the European Neighborhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) launched in Armenia in January 2015 and is designed to support the agricultural institutions, encourage the development of farmers' associations and improve access to more affordable food in the European Neighborhood countries. Within the framework of the Program, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) provide technical support to the Government of Armenia in close cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture, local authorities and other stakeholders.