ArmInfo. The Armenian Ministry of Agriculture is preparing a program to support the farm enterprises by leasing out agricultural equipment, Armenian Minister of Agriculture Ignaty Arakelyan said following the Government's sitting on Feb 2, when replying to ArmInfo's question.
In this context, the minister noted that meetings were held with the Russian and Canadian manufacturers of agricultural equipment, as well as with German partners. Companies from the Czech Republic, Poland and Belarus are interested in cooperation. The minister pointed out that Armenia may make use of the program supporting export of agricultural equipment manufactured in Russia. In that case, the equipment will cost cheaper for the Armenian side. "The market is open and we are discussing all possible options," Arakelyan said.
As regards the need to enhance the villagers' agrarian awareness, which has repeatedly been spoken about by Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan, at present Armenia even lacks an opportunity to organize normal agriculture. "There is no mechanization of systems, drip irrigation, hail protection and financial funds to apply these systems. Consequently, villagers use the tools they have. Our current task is to introduce financial mechanisms so that the farmer can benefit from the prospects independently or within cooperatives", Arakelyan stated.
Besides, the Minister informed that jointly with Head of Agrarian University a program is being developed to raise awareness in agriculture field. Particularly, a college may be established, which will prepare focused specialists in the field.
To recall, on January 26 during the government's session Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan urged to develop a program of assistance for leasing of agricultural equipment. The Minister of Agriculture was instructed to hold meetings with representatives of producers of agricultural equipment from Russia and other countries for discussing the terms of supply.