ArmInfo. Through the use of intensive farming methods, creating jobs and reducing poverty in 2018, 20% economic growth is expected in the Ararat region of Armenia. The head of the regional administration Aramais Grigoryan told Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan about this.
The head of the Armenian government visited the city of Vedi to get acquainted with the results of the activities carried out in individual spheres within the framework of the programs for the development of the region and communities in 2017 and tasks for 2018.
As the press service of the Armenian government reports, presenting the main macroeconomic indicators of the region for 2017, as well as the tasks for the current year, the governor reported that in 2017, the communal budget received 442.4 million drams compared to 2016 more - 6 billion 907 million drams. The actual collection of own revenues rose to 2 billion 365.7 million, instead of the envisaged 2 billion 227.7 million drams, per capita the figure reached 9155 drams against 7069 drams in the previous year. Karen Karapetyan considered it necessary to increase the indicator of community incomes per capita, noting that the government plans to increase the figure to 11,350 drams in the country.
According to the governor, in 2017 550 million drams were allocated from the state treasury for the decision of primary tasks. Based on the granted 500 permits for construction in the past year in 2017, a 10% growth is expected in the sphere. 4.1 billion drams were allocated for repair, maintenance of safety and operation of roads in the region, of which 3.1 billion drams for the reconstruction of eight trestles of the North-South transport corridor. In 2018, the budget of road construction works will be 2.1 billion drams. In the water supply sector, Veolia Jur commissioned works worth 300 million drams. The prime minister instructed this year to solve the problems of the villagers connected with irrigation as much as possible. As for the agricultural sector, today there are 49,116 farms in the oblast, greenhouse farms with an area of 305 hectares, and sown areas totaled 18,507 hectares. It was also reported that of the 260 landfills in the region today there are 43, and it is planned to bring up to 3-4. Over the past year, the volume of investments in the region amounted to 32.1 billion drams, 3 thousand new jobs were created. In 2018, the expected level of investment will be 42 billion drams.
Summing up the above mentioned, Aramais Grigoryan reported that in order to achieve the planned goal of ensuring 20% economic growth this year, the emphasis will be on developing the industrial sector by promoting the growth of small and medium-sized businesses and intensive agriculture.