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There are 18 active, certified, organic agricultural producers in Armenia which are being supported by the EU to find new markets. 29 September 2016 marked the start of these projects – these fall within the Organic Agriculture Support Initiative (OASI), which is funded by the European Union and co-funded and implemented by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA). OASI also announced additional support for Armenian small farmers and farmer groups.
img_1272Among these beneficiaries is Suren Harutyunyan: ‘I have been producing teas and oils for many years, and I wanted to export the products to Europe. But, I saw no interest in my products because of high competition. I was told that these same products would be popular if they were organic. I started to produce only organic agricultural products and now I export these to Germany, Finland, Switzerland, and France. With the help of OASI I will get new and more modern equipment which will boost my production and allow me to export to more countries’.
img_1282Tigran Ghazaryan was also one of the 18 grant recipients: ‘I do not have an agricultural education, however I think that I am a successful farmer. For 10 years I have produced a large variety of berries. Now with this support I’ll increase my income and I hope to export berries’.
John Barker, the International Aid/Cooperation Officer of the EU Delegation to Armenia, talked about the EU support for agriculture: ‘The EU is committed to developing Armenian agriculture. Now we are doing it through our ENPARD and OASI projects. I know that the requirements to achieve organic certification are not easy, but not impossible. I really encourage you to take part in this new call for proposals, as we want as many farmers as possible to become certified organic producers. This will give them more opportunities to be able to sell their products in Armenia, Europe and even the USA, where there is a large Armenian Diaspora.’
Armenian Minister of Agriculture Ignati Arakelyan noted that Armenia had great potential for organic agriculture and that his ministry would continue to help Armenian farmers achieve better results. Developing organic products should increase profitability and new potential markets.
Managing Director of ADA Martin Ledolter mentioned that Austria is among the top 3 countries in the world for organic produce. OASI will help Armenia to develop further organic agriculture and promote support small-scale farmers to boost production, market better and find new markets.
Certificates for the 18 grant projects were awarded to the beneficiaries. Those farmers who want to apply for the next call have a deadline of 24 October 2016 at 16:00.

The rural life and traditions festival took place on 26 September 2015 in Yerevan, supported by the EU. More than 70 farmer groups, agricultural entrepreneurs and women’s groups from all the Armenian marzes took part in the festival, which encompassed singing, dancing and theatrical performances, a wide variety of arts and handicrafts made by local artisans and craftsmen, and farmers’ produce.
ARS_9070John Barker, the International Aid/Cooperation Officer in the EU Delegation to Armenia, spoke about the importance of the event: ‘The EU is delighted to support now already the second festival of rural life and traditions,. Why is this festival so important? Farmers in Armenia understand how difficult it is to find markets for their products – nobody creates markets for them and they have to find them by themselves. Therefore, we brought farmers from all over the country to help them to find markets for their products. I ask you to walk around, buy their products and encourage them. Last year during this event I promised that the EU would start an agricultural programme; now, as I promised, we started the ENPARD programme’.
Armenian Deputy Minister of Agriculture Garnik Petrosyan welcomed guests and congratulated participants: ‘I want to congratulate everybody on this event. This is a very good occasion to present Armenian villages, traditions and farmers here in Yerevan’.
Different prizes were given to participants for the best table, best woman farmer, best performance, etc.