Tag Archives: Agrolog Organic Educational Production Centre

On 30 June, the Agrolog Organic Educational Production Centre was officially opened in Asharak, Aragatsotn marz. The centre is one of a kind in Armenia and has various organic facilities. It will serve as a hub for farmers from adjacent rural communities and help them to produce natural organic Armenian food.
The Organic Centre is an initiative of Agrolog, which is a beneficiary of an Organic Agriculture Support Initiative (OASI) grant. Agrolog aims to promote organic agriculture in Armenia and to share experience in this area. Agrolog’s activities cover the entire value chain, from the soil to the end consumer.

ARS_3508OASI is funded by the European Union and co-funded and implemented by the Austrian Development Agency. OASI aims to promote competitive organic agricultural practices in Armenia, thereby developing sustainable rural communities. The initial success of organic products in domestic and international markets will be enhanced by improving the policy and regulatory framework, and by providing comprehensive marketing support. The budget of OASI is €3.3 million and will be implemented until 2018.
The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, the Head of Office for Technical Cooperation of the Austrian Embassy to Armenia, Gerhard Schaumberger, and the Armenian Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Armen Harutyunyan, attended the opening ceremony.  After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the guests toured the organic educational production centre, followed by a food fair and exhibition involving over 50 organic producers.

ARS_3298Ambassador Świtalski wished the centre success: ‘The EU believes in the development of Armenian agriculture. We consider agriculture as one of the engines of growth in Armenia. More than 30% of the Armenian population is employed in agriculture – most communities are rural communities. Therefore, the EU is convinced of the need to develop agriculture in the country. We have contributed more than €25 million to Armenian agriculture. Thanks to our ENPARD project, this year Armenians have been able to enjoy buckwheat and broccoli. We are convinced that organic agriculture has a bright future in Armenia, and we are grateful to our Austrian partners for taking the lead in implementing this project. Austria is the leader in organic agriculture in the EU, with more than 20% of overall production organic. Austria is bringing the best expertise’.

ARS_3354Schaumberger was excited see the fruits of Agrolog’s labours: ‘It is a happy moment to be able to reach out to small farmers in the Armenian marzes. Our thanks go to the Armenian Ministry of Agriculture and the Armenian organic movement, which are collaborating to achieve new and higher-value organic production in the country. Many thanks must go to the EU for putting their trust in this innovative sector’.

ARS_3337Deputy Minister Harutyunyan thanked partners for financing OASI, ENPARD and other projects: ‘Organic agriculture contributes not only to the development of general agriculture, but also solves environmental and health issues. In addition, it provides higher profitability for farmers. Organic agriculture has the preconditions to develop in Armenia and I am sure that every year we will achieve new results’.