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EU helps farmers

23 April 2010

Hambardzum Simonyan will not have to throw out a part of his apple harvest into the water channel this year, a practice he had to often resort to in the past. A factory for dried fruit and vegetables will start operating this March in the village of Urtsadzor and will make use of his and other farmers’ produce.
The factory was financed by the European Union as a microproject within a larger project on the promotion of sustainable development in the regions of Ararat and Vayots Dzor.  Over € 15 500 of EU funding and € 5 300 from “Urtsadzor” NGO were allocated to the factory.
Urtsadzor has a territory of 5,000 hectares, sixty of which are cultivated: half of them grow apricot trees and the rest are apple trees. The newly-built factory will now use at least thirty tons of the local harvest every year.
“The factory for making dried fruit and vegetables is very important for our village, because factories in other provinces don’t take our harvest,” says 53-year-old Simonyan, whose family income is based solely on his apple trees.  Most of the farmers are in the same situation: sometimes they don’t even gather their harvest.
[pullquote]The factory will use 30 tons of local harvest yearly[/pullquote]
“We used to have animals and we gave the remaining fruit to them. Now I am old, and I can’t keep animals,” tells 78-year-old Shaliko Sargsyan.

The Deputy Head of the Community Hakob Jaloyan, who had the initial idea, stressed that this programme would not only help villagers, but would also make agriculture more coordinated and bring forth possibilities for integration in the international economy.

“This project will also create new work opportunities for local people: six permanent staff positions and twenty-two temporary positions during the harvest gathering season,” informed Jaloyan.

The village administration also plans to check the ecological composition of the produced fruit and vegetables, and ensure ecological products in the future.

EU helps farmers

Hambardzum Simonyan will not have to throw out a part of his apple harvest into the water channel this year, a practice he had to often resort to in the past. A factory for dried fruit and vegetables will start operating this March in the village of Urtsadzor and will make use of his and other farmers’ produce. The factory was financed by the European Union as a microproject within a larger project on the promotion of sustainable development in the regions of Ararat and Vayots Dzor.  Over € 15 500 of EU funding and € 5 300 from “Urtsadzor” NGO were allocated to the factory. Urtsadzor has a territory of 5,000 hectares, sixty of which are cultivated: half of them grow apricot trees and the rest are apple trees. The newly-built factory will now use at least thirty tons of the local harvest every year. “The factory for making dried fruit and vegetables is very important for our village, because factories in other provinces don’t take our harvest,” says 53-year-old Simonyan, whose family income is based solely on his apple trees.  Most of the farmers are in the same situation: sometimes they don’t even gather their harvest. [pullquote]The factory will use 30 tons of local harvest yearly[/pullquote] “We used to have animals and we gave the remaining fruit to them. Now I am old, and I can’t keep animals,” tells 78-year-old Shaliko Sargsyan. The Deputy Head of the Community Hakob Jaloyan, who had the initial idea, stressed that this programme would not only help villagers, but would also make agriculture more coordinated and bring forth possibilities for integration in the international economy. “This project will also create new work opportunities for local people: six permanent staff positions and twenty-two temporary positions during the harvest gathering season,” informed Jaloyan. The village administration also plans to check the ecological composition of the produced fruit and vegetables, and ensure ecological products in the future.