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EU supports Organic Agriculture

17 December 2015
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The launch of the EU-funded “Organic Agriculture Support Initiative in Armenia” (OASI) project took place on 15 December 2015. This project will help to develop the potential of Armenian organic agriculture. The budget of OASI is €3.3m and will be implemented over the course of three years.
ARS_0112The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Antoni Świtalski, underlined the importance of agricultural development for Armenia: ‘The EU has two main reasons for supporting agriculture in Armenia. The first is that we believe that agriculture has the potential for growth and development for the country. Armenia still needs to build capacity to develop agriculture. There is also a very big gap between the capital and rural villages. For Armenia to move forward, it is imperative to try to close this gap. Through our activities and engagement we want to help Armenians to consolidate social coherence. We are happy to support OASI, as it confirms our commitment to the rural sector in Armenia, and will complement support that is already being provided through the EU-funded ENPARD programme, on which we are also cooperating very successfully with the Austrian Development Agency’.
Armen Harutyunyan, the Armenian Deputy Minister of Agriculture, stated that Armenia had great big potential for organic agricultural production: ‘Organic agricultural development is a priority defined in the Sustainable Agriculture Development Strategy of the Armenian Ministry of Agriculture. It aims to support farmers and agribusinesses to invest in organic agriculture, increase production, explore new international markets and ensure the availability of organic products locally’.
This project is specifically aimed at increasing the local value-add of Armenian organic products, as well as at assisting the higher efficiency of relevant public and private institutions. It will support the Armenian Ministry of Agriculture to create a clear and enabling legal environment for organic producers and processing in line with international standards. OASI will also strengthen extension services for the promotion of organic technologies and support educational institutions through the development of agricultural curricula.
A large portion of project support will be rolled out directly to Armenian producers and processors through a call for grant applications. Small grants are available for smallholder farmers seeking to start, diversify or expand organic production, while bigger grants will be available to already established organic farmers, cooperatives and processors to enhance productivity and market access.

EU supports Organic Agriculture

The launch of the EU-funded “Organic Agriculture Support Initiative in Armenia” (OASI) project took place on 15 December 2015. This project will help to develop the potential of Armenian organic agriculture. The budget of OASI is €3.3m and will be implemented over the course of three years. ARS_0112The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Antoni Świtalski, underlined the importance of agricultural development for Armenia: ‘The EU has two main reasons for supporting agriculture in Armenia. The first is that we believe that agriculture has the potential for growth and development for the country. Armenia still needs to build capacity to develop agriculture. There is also a very big gap between the capital and rural villages. For Armenia to move forward, it is imperative to try to close this gap. Through our activities and engagement we want to help Armenians to consolidate social coherence. We are happy to support OASI, as it confirms our commitment to the rural sector in Armenia, and will complement support that is already being provided through the EU-funded ENPARD programme, on which we are also cooperating very successfully with the Austrian Development Agency’. Armen Harutyunyan, the Armenian Deputy Minister of Agriculture, stated that Armenia had great big potential for organic agricultural production: ‘Organic agricultural development is a priority defined in the Sustainable Agriculture Development Strategy of the Armenian Ministry of Agriculture. It aims to support farmers and agribusinesses to invest in organic agriculture, increase production, explore new international markets and ensure the availability of organic products locally’. This project is specifically aimed at increasing the local value-add of Armenian organic products, as well as at assisting the higher efficiency of relevant public and private institutions. It will support the Armenian Ministry of Agriculture to create a clear and enabling legal environment for organic producers and processing in line with international standards. OASI will also strengthen extension services for the promotion of organic technologies and support educational institutions through the development of agricultural curricula. A large portion of project support will be rolled out directly to Armenian producers and processors through a call for grant applications. Small grants are available for smallholder farmers seeking to start, diversify or expand organic production, while bigger grants will be available to already established organic farmers, cooperatives and processors to enhance productivity and market access.