More than 600 farmers are benefiting from ENPARD | EUNewsletter

More than 600 farmers are benefiting from ENPARD

27 June 2016
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The European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) supports 41 cooperatives involving more than 600 farmers to process high-value agricultural products in Armenia. These products include buckwheat, cheese, dried fruits, and herbs. This has been possible through funding provided by the European Union, the Austrian Development Agency, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO).
On 21 June 2016, five farmer groups presented their business plans to the coordinators of the ENPARD “Producer Group and Value Chain Development” technical assistance project. The groups were selected from the project target marzes of Shirak, Gegharkunik, Aragatsotn, Vayots Dzor, Kotayk and Lori. Additionally, the coordinators presented a value chain analysis and current trends in Armenia.
The value chain presentation demonstrated how smallholder farmers will operate two buckwheat hulling plants using advanced equipment provided by the project. This has given 34 cooperatives from five marzes of Armenia the opportunity to process and market buckwheat produce and increase their income.
John Barker, the International Aid/Cooperation Officer of the EU Delegation to Armenia, stated the importance of the project: ‘ENPARD is a project for Armenian farmers and I am very happy that they receive real support from this project. I am a farmer from England and I know about the importance of agriculture. There are many good activities within the project, particularly supporting producer groups and cooperatives’.
Moreover, the speakers presented how farmer groups will operate six new project-funded, high-value, cheese-production facilities to make cow and sheep cheese similar to Gouda, Roquefort and Feta for domestic and export market sales. The speakers also spoke about how six dried-fruit and -herb production units will process raw materials through a closed production cycle and use advanced technology and electrical dryers.
ENPARD will also help to develop branding and marketing strategies for high-quality products from Armenian cooperatives. Buckwheat production with advanced hulling/cleaning equipment and marketing will enable farmers in areas which primarily only produce wheat and potatoes to grow higher-value crops to meet national and international market demands. The implementation of these business models will lead not only to increased earnings for producers, but will create employment along the value chains.

More than 600 farmers are benefiting from ENPARD

The European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) supports 41 cooperatives involving more than 600 farmers to process high-value agricultural products in Armenia. These products include buckwheat, cheese, dried fruits, and herbs. This has been possible through funding provided by the European Union, the Austrian Development Agency, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO). On 21 June 2016, five farmer groups presented their business plans to the coordinators of the ENPARD “Producer Group and Value Chain Development” technical assistance project. The groups were selected from the project target marzes of Shirak, Gegharkunik, Aragatsotn, Vayots Dzor, Kotayk and Lori. Additionally, the coordinators presented a value chain analysis and current trends in Armenia. The value chain presentation demonstrated how smallholder farmers will operate two buckwheat hulling plants using advanced equipment provided by the project. This has given 34 cooperatives from five marzes of Armenia the opportunity to process and market buckwheat produce and increase their income. John Barker, the International Aid/Cooperation Officer of the EU Delegation to Armenia, stated the importance of the project: ‘ENPARD is a project for Armenian farmers and I am very happy that they receive real support from this project. I am a farmer from England and I know about the importance of agriculture. There are many good activities within the project, particularly supporting producer groups and cooperatives’. Moreover, the speakers presented how farmer groups will operate six new project-funded, high-value, cheese-production facilities to make cow and sheep cheese similar to Gouda, Roquefort and Feta for domestic and export market sales. The speakers also spoke about how six dried-fruit and -herb production units will process raw materials through a closed production cycle and use advanced technology and electrical dryers. ENPARD will also help to develop branding and marketing strategies for high-quality products from Armenian cooperatives. Buckwheat production with advanced hulling/cleaning equipment and marketing will enable farmers in areas which primarily only produce wheat and potatoes to grow higher-value crops to meet national and international market demands. The implementation of these business models will lead not only to increased earnings for producers, but will create employment along the value chains.