ArmInfo. Farms in Armenia in 2018 will receive 1 liter of diesel fuel at a price of 380 drams (60 drams are subsidized by the state). In 2017, the subsidy for a liter of diesel fuel from the established 314 drams was 34.4 drams. As a result, the villagers paid 280 drams for 1 liter. Deputy Minister of Agriculture of Armenia Ashot Harutyunyan stated this when answering the question of ArmInfo.
According to the deputy minister, despite the fact that even in conditions of subsidizing the cost of diesel fuel, it will increase for the whole farmer by 100 drams, the rise in price can not significantly affect the cost of agricultural products. As explained by the deputy minister, the analysis of the last three years showed that only 16 thousand farmers from 250tys. farms are beneficiaries of the program "State support to agricultural land users for the purchase of diesel fuel at affordable prices." "Digital analysis has shown that even in conditions of low harvest of winter wheat, a rise in price of fuel will lead to an increase in production costs by 5-7 drams," Harutyunyan said.
For today, the Ministry of Agriculture refrains from predicting whether last year's volumes of fuel sales will be maintained and what the demand will be in the conditions of rising prices for the product. "In 2017, the subsidy program for diesel fuel started late and 5 million liters were sold.
About 5 million liters were realized in 2018, 98,000 liters have already been delivered by April 7," Ashot Harutyunyan said.
Recall that on February 22 the Armenian government approved the program "State support to agricultural land users for the purchase of diesel fuel at affordable prices." The draft proposes to allocate to the Ministry of Agriculture in 2018 an amount of 360 million drams for subsidizing diesel fuel in the calculation to 60 drams per 1 liter of fuel with a sales volume of up to 6 million liters. Diesel fuel will be sold to land users under the control of regional administrations by logic up to 200 liters of diesel fuel per 1 hectare of land with a land plot of 3 hectares.
Thus, how justified are the statements that the rise in price can not lead to significant price changes, ordinary citizens will be able to check in daily mode. Nevertheless, at the end of January this year. at parliamentary hearings on the rise in prices, deputy head of the State Revenue Committee of Armenia Vakhtang Mirumyan authoritatively stated that raising the excise tax rate on fuel can not have a chain effect and lead to an increase in prices for certain types of goods.