ArmInfo. The government of Armenia amends the debts of farmers in the amount of 800 million AMD for fertilizers, seeds and diesel fuel - for the first and last time. On December 7, at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic, a draft decision was approved, according to which the state assistance program will forgive debts for seeds given to farmers for 2011- 2016, as well as for nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium fertilizers granted to farmers for 2015-2016.
As the Minister of Agriculture Ignaty Arakelyan explained, the financial obligations of farmers were accumulated as a result of natural disasters - hail and frost. "On the basis of complaints received from land users, as well as within the instructions of the President and the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Agriculture is proposing to write off the debt in the amount of 800 million AMD," the minister said. Already after the government meeting, in an interview with journalists, the head of the Ministry of Agriculture announced that for the year 2017, payment under these programs was carried out in time and there are no delays. Meanwhile, there was a cardinal revision of the payment scheme for the delivered goods - fertilizers, seeds and diesel fuel, from postpaid to payment at the time of delivery of the goods. The villager is currently turning to the business entity, and further, in accordance with the request and the main solvency, the farmer is provided with the product. This year the government continued to subsidize purchases, in 2018 it is planned to suspend subsidies for diesel fuel and fertilizers. The issue with seeds, as the minister noted, has not yet been resolved. As a result of changes in the current year compared with the year 2016, the demand for fertilizers did not decrease, diesel fuel and seeds, even in conditions of maintaining subsidies, did not enjoy last year's demand. Recall that on September 14 at a government meeting, Prime Minister of Armenia Karen Karapetyan said that the decision was made to cede debts to farmers for debts for 2012-2016. and start relations with the villagers from scratch. "The practice of 2017 shows that the process can be organized in a way that does not accumulate debts," he said. In this regard, the prime minister instructed the governors of the provinces to compile the final lists of debtors within a month's time and submit them to the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development. After that, the Ministry of Agriculture will sum up the results and submit proposals on mechanisms for writing off debts within a week. Henceforth, as Karapetyan stated, the government will strictly follow the process and without intermediaries - directly with the addressee. "The mechanism for writing off old debts will not become a tradition, we agree on new rules of the game and move forward," the prime minister said. In the meantime, as the Minister of Territorial Administration and Development David Lokyan noted, not all rural elders appropriately distributed seeds to farmers, or collected money, but it did not reach its destination. "The problem is also that some debtors left the country, because of this we have a shortage of 12%," Lokyan said. "These elderly people in the localities? Well, everything, get them," the prime minister said, urging that the new list not be very different from what was available.