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Agriculture forum opens at ArmProd EXPO 2014 in Yerevan Posted on: 08-11-2014

 An agricultural forum opened in Yerevan on Saturday as part of the XIII ArmProd EXPO international specialized exhibition. The forum will discuss developments in agriculture and processing and is organized by the ministry of agriculture of Armenia. Agriculture has always played a special role throughout Armenia’s history, premier Hovik Abrahamyan said at his welcoming speech. The head of the government has also visited the ArmProd EXPO 2014 and awarded medals to some representatives of the rural industry. The agricultural forum held on the Day of Farmworker has been a good opportunity to assess achievements, discuss problems and plan further steps in the sector, said Sergo Karapetyan, the minister of agriculture. New mechanisms of rural development have been created over the last years, the minister said. ndranik Khachatryan, the minister of agriculture of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, in his turn, stressed the importance of cooperation in agriculture between the two countries. Agriculture is intensely developing in Karabakh, and further efforts will be made, he said. Certificates and medals were awarded to rural industry representatives and reporters covering the ministry’s activities. As of the end of the second quarter, agriculture, forestry and fishery account for the highest percentage in overall Armenian GDP – 12.2%. Agricultural output amounted to 219.4 billion drams over the first half of the year, an increase of 1.4% compared to the same period of 2013.

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