In a recent study, conducted in affected communities across Armenia, specialists concluded that apricot yields for this year are expected to amount to 45,000 – 55,000 tonnes. This is a considerable drop in volume compared to July of last year when the apricot crop of Armenia amounted to 103 thousand tonnes, a 14% increase compared to yields in 2014.
Armenia's horticulturists continue to strengthen their storage capabilities in anticipation of being able to increase exports of apples, quinces and persimmons to the Russian market.
Armenia's Ministry of Agriculture announced in a press release that the introduction of Russia's economic sanctions against Turkish products could play into the hands of Armenian exporters.
The head of the Agrarian-Peasant Union of Armenia Hrachya Berberian announced during a press conference that the country is ready to ship seed potatoes to Russia. The industry specialist also said that the first batch will be shipped in November, and next year the volume of supplies could reach as much as 10 thousand tonnes.
An official report of the Ministry of Agriculture's State Service of Food Safety states that food products shipped form Armenia to Russia now must carry as special label.
Armenia's Ministry of Agriculture (Minselkhoz) reported in a press release that the share of its country's supplies to the Russian market has jumped from 30 percent to 83 percent.
According to Armenia's Minister of Agriculture, Sergo Karapetyan, following the country's ascension to the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEC), has received favorable conditions for the production and export of agricultural products.
Governor of St. Petersburg, Georgy Poltavchenko, said that retail chains in the city have found alternative supply sources to fill a niche left open after imports from western countries were banned by Russia.