ArmInfo. The well-known world manufacturer of agricultural machinery - CLAAS company intends to expand its presence in the agricultural machinery market of Armenia. The Minister of Agriculture of Armenia, Ignaty Arakelyan, on September 26 received the chief manager in Central Asia and Caucasus of the company Global Sales Thomas Shtigler and the commercial director of the company in Krasnodar, Michael Ritter. The founder of LLC , the representative of the company Artur Ivanyan, attended the meeting.
According to the press service of the ministry, the interlocutors noted the importance of opening the first agricultural machinery in Armenia in the frames of the program of providing agricultural machinery in leasing, where the products of the company were also presented.
According to Thomas Shtigler, the company is interested in the agricultural machinery market of Armenia. He noted the readiness to discuss the import of equipment produced by the company from Krasnodar (Russia) to Armenia, on more flexible and accessible conditions for the Armenian farmer.
The parties attached importance to raising awareness of the beneficiaries of the program in relation to the products of the agricultural producer. In this context, the representatives of the company expressed their readiness to second the specialists of CLAAS to conduct on-site training courses. The prospect of establishing a company service center in Armenia was also discussed.
Earlier ArmInfo informed, starting from March 27, reception of applications for participation in the program on provision of agricultural machinery in leasing started in Armenia. According to the program approved by the Cabinet, farmers will be able to purchase agricultural equipment on the following conditions: advance payment - 20%, interest rate - 2% per annum, maturity - 3-10 years, depending on the type of equipment. Another 7% will be subsidized by the state. As a result, it is expected that in 2017 about 2.2 billion drams will be allocated for the purchase of agricultural machinery. Under this state program, it is possible to purchase tractors of different brands, grain harvesters, balers, seeders, plows, mowers, potato- sowers, potato diggers, cultivators, trucks, sprayers and other agricultural equipment. May 18 at a meeting of the Cabinet approved the plan for the organization of the state-owned machine and tractor station (MTS). In the first half of 2017 700 million drams are planned to be allocated from the government's reserve fund for the implementation of the program and purchase of the necessary agricultural machinery. The Ministry of Agriculture will provide this equipment on a gratuitous basis to the Agricultural Development Fund for further allocation to farmers. For their part, private traders will invest 242 million AMD. After 4 years, the minister said, the funds will be returned with interest, in the amount of 926 million.