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Karina Manukyan

Representatives of FAO and Ministry of Economy of Armenia discussed  impact of COVID-19 on agriculture

Representatives of FAO and Ministry of Economy of Armenia discussed  impact of COVID-19 on agriculture

ArmInfo.Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Raimund Jehle and Deputy Minister of Economy of the Republic of Armenia Arman Khojoyan, through remote communication, discussed the priorities of  the FAO in Armenia and the continuation of joint work in the  situation in conditions of the coronavirus.

Khojoyan informed that the government has developed a package of  measures to counteract COVID-19 in order to promote the economy,  including the agricultural sector. According to him, government  support programs for agriculture should be reviewed, which will  include subsidizing loans for certain types of agricultural  activities, such as renting agricultural machinery and equipment,  creating greenhouses and intensive gardens, anti-hail networks and  drip irrigation systems.

According to him, large producers are already experiencing the  problems created by COVID-19, and changes are expected at any level  of agricultural production. Increase of import prices should also be  expected, for example, in the case of seeds and fertilizers. The  government is currently discussing various scenarios for price  increases, as well as considering options for food shortages or  import problems. "There may be problems with access to the market,  which will require diversification of the market, and this, in turn,  will help export agricultural products," he said.

For his part, Raimund Jehle presented the measures taken by the FAO  to mitigate the impact of the epidemic on food and agriculture  worldwide. He also informed about the activities undertaken by the  organization to ensure food safety and living conditions of the most  vulnerable segments of the population.  Raimund Jehle offered FAO  support to the ministry in its efforts to quickly assess the  situation, analyze the results of the collaboration, and focus on the  sector. According to him, it is possible to assist in strengthening  the capacity of cooperatives, as well as in developing policies in  the field of agriculture and rural development.

The parties confirmed the need to continue the dialogue in order to  timely respond to the needs of the agricultural sector in Armenia. 

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