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Apricot Harvests In Armenia Expected To Halve This Year Due To Adverse Weather Featured

28 April 2016

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.

According to a press release from the Ministry of Agriculture of Armenia, these volumes could change slightly due to natural fruit fall, which occasionally takes place in mid-May.

“There is another important factor that could positively affect these results: because of the tree’s light load, incomparably larger and high-quality fruit are forming, thus enhancing their marketability and significantly mitigating losses,” according to the report.

According to the agency, due to negative temperatures recorded in March, the apricot crop was damaged, mainly in the Ararat and Armavir regions. In Armavir and Echmiadzin as well as in selected communities of Baghramian, crop losses ranged between 50-80%, while others experienced heavier losses. In Ararat, damage to apricot crops was estimated at 20-40%, in Artashat region - 40-70%, Massa - 40-50%, and in some communities adjacent to the airport "Zvartnots" (including in the Echmiadzin region) losses ranged from 60-90%. Losses were also recorded in two or three communities of Vayots Dzor region.

More accurate data is expected to be published in mid-May and shed more light on the apricot situation in Armenia.

In March, various regions of the country recorded freezing temperatures at night. On March 20, in Armavir, the air temperature reached 4 degrees below zero; in Ararat, it was just shy of zero, and in Artashat, Areni and Bagratashen, it was minus 2 degrees.

FruitNews article (Russian): http://fruitnews.ru/9-fruits/46277-urozhaj-abrikosa-v-armenii-sostavit-vsego-45-55-tys-tonn.html

Source: http://arka.am/ru/news/economy/urozhay_abrikosov_v_armenii_v_2016_godu_sostavit_45_55_tys_tonn_minselkhoz/?sphrase_id=11324090

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