ArmInfo. The Ministry of Agriculture once again appealed to the Prosecutor General's Office of Armenia in order to ensure the payment of debts of "Vinar" LLC to the country's farms. Answering the question of ArmInfo, Minister of Agriculture of Armenia Ignaty Arakelyan stated this on August 31 after the meeting of the government.
According to the Minister, as of August 31, processing enterprises from the accumulated for 2015-2016. Debts of AMD 1660.4 million to farmers for fruits and vegetables remained about 80 million. Of these, about 30 million account for the share of LLC Vinar.
As a result of the first appeal to the Prosecutor General's Office, part of the company's debts were repaid. To ensure the payment of the rest of the state department will have to resort to a second time to help the supervisory authority. "Vinar" has not fulfilled its promise to pay all debts to the farmers, so we will address again," the minister said.
Earlier, Armenian Deputy Minister of Agriculture Robert Makaryan told ArmInfo that the company Vinar, which had arrears to farmers in Ararat since 2015, does not have liquid assets to ensure payment of debts. Moreover, the company, whose turnover previously amounted to millions of dollars, does not have anything at all: production was organized on the leased territory, and the alcohol withdrawn by the state from the company turned out to be "inconclusive" and completely illiquid, and, most importantly, "Vinar" did not have a license for this type of activity. Some of the alcohols proved to be of better quality and the Ministry of Agriculture managed to sell it, covering only a small part of the debts.
However, even at the end of 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture applied to the General Prosecutor's Office with the aim of restoring the violated rights of farms with regard to unpaid debts from processing enterprises. As a result, a criminal case was opened in fact.