ArmInfo. The new governor of Tavush region of Armenia Hayk Chobanyan intends to implement in the region about 100 new projects totaling about 20 billion drams (about $ 45 million).
On this May 17, in a conversation with journalists in Yenokavan-resort, Chobanyan himself said, summing up 100 days of his time at the helm of the regional government. According to the governor of Tavush region, the main emphasis in the projects will be focused on such areas as tourism, agriculture, light industry, processing industry, environmental issues. At the same time, the head of the region added that they set a goal to introduce such mechanisms that would allow using the capabilities of a human resource.
<This year you will have many good reasons to visit our area. We focus on the development of agriculture and tourism. So, for example, last year there were 4,500 hectares of irrigated land in our region, we plan to at least double these figures. We want to develop innovative agriculture in areas such as crop production, breeding cattle breeding, restoration of endemic plant varieties in our region. I would like to emphasize that I completely disagree with the opinions that our villagers are lazy and do not want to work - this is absolutely not the case. Unfortunately, the field of agriculture is now very little profitable. Now our task is to do everything to increase the profitability of this sector, so that the farmer again falls in love with his work and wants to do what he likes, and this direction would be successful and profitable, "said the governor of Tavush region, adding that after two years There will be no uncultivated land, regardless of their status.
According to Chobanyan, in 2018, the region already has 1000 hectares more cultivated land than in 2017, this year it is also planned to increase the area of used land by another 1000 hectares. Moreover, according to the head of the region, in parallel with the development of the agricultural sector, it is also planned to pay attention to the development of non-formal education, in order to increase the professional knowledge of farmers, so that they keep up with the times. According to him, next year at least one agricultural college will be opened in the region. In addition, in order to raise public awareness, it is also planned to open regional television and radio in the coming months.
<Another direction is the development of its own winemaking, the production of fruit vodka products, the construction of processing meat production. Literally over the next month, we plan to open a meat processing plant in the village of Navur - the production of ham will be launched. It will allow to open about 50 new jobs, "he said, adding that the goal is also to increase the volume and geography of the enterprise's production of gloves, which has been operating in the region for many years. He also informed that next week the delegation headed by him would go to Russia to negotiate and attract new investment.
<At the end of June, an investment forum will take place in the region <My step for Tavush>, in which about 200 enterprises will take part, at least 100 of which are foreign investors from different countries, including Lebanon, where we were last week, also hope that from Russia>, said Chobanyan. According to the governor, serious attention will be paid to environmental issues, including forest protection projects. <A serious focus will be on the development of cultural and historical tourism. We plan to restore the boarding house of the Union of Composers, in addition to organize Saturday concerts in the Beethoven Hall. I believe that this will be a serious impetus for the tourism sector. Considering that Georgia is at our side, we are planning to use the potentials of the Zvartnots Yerevan Airport and the Tbilisi Airport, which is more profitable for tourists, in order to develop Tourism. In addition, we also plan to implement a project for the repatriation of families. Until 2025, we plan to return about 5,000 families. We are already negotiating with families, however, I find it difficult to say when exactly the project will be launched, but I can say that 10 families have already returned to their homeland, home to Tavush. This project is aimed at helping these families to return and get on their feet in their native land, "said the head of Tavush. The head of the border area did not avoid the issue of security. "Security for us is number one priority, because every minute the situation can change unpredictably, and the fate of the whole country will depend on us, so we take this issue into account when we consider each project. That is, if a building is being built, for example, then there must necessarily be a refuge there, "he said, adding that the region also considers targeted projects aimed at helping families of military personnel standing at the border and protecting the Homeland today. According to him, these projects are aimed at improving the social conditions of military personnel and their families, thereby contributing to their living in the border villages.
In general, according to him, in order for investors to go to Tavush, it's not money that is needed, but trust, first of all, and they are ready to faithfully fulfill their commitments and contribute to the development of the region. <I believe that the most important indicator of the successful implementation of the tasks set is demographic indicators. That is, if we see an influx, and not an outflow of the population, it means that we are moving in the right direction. Proceeding from this, we will build our work, "the head of the Tavush region concluded.