An­i­mal feed, to­mato prices rise in Ar­me­nia

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Rashid Shiri­nov

Ar­me­nian ex­perts note that since the new gov­ern­ment came to power in the coun­try, about 100,000 farm­ers went broke, and now the an­i­mal hus­bandry of Ar­me­nia is at risk.

The price of an­i­mal feed has re­cently in­creased by some 6 per­cent, ac­cord­ing to the Ar­me­nian me­dia, and this hit hard the pock­ets of ru­ral pop­u­la­tion.

“An­i­mal feed cost 10,200 drams ($21.26), but now it costs 10,800 drams ($22.51),” the im­pov­er­ished buy­ers have re­cently com­plained to re­porters.

Feed sup­pli­ers, in turn, said that the rise in prices is sea­sonal, but they are un­likely to fall. The sit­u­a­tion is fur­ther com­pli­cated by the rais­ing of tar­iffs on the Ge­or­gian rail­way, but the Ar­me­nian au­thor­i­ties, in­stead of solv­ing these ur­gent prob­lems, con­tinue to spend all their en­ergy on mak­ing pop­ulist state­ments.

“Car own­ers re­main unem­ployed, bread gets ex­pen­sive by 3040 drams. There is a prob­lem. If this con­tin­ues, of course, it will rise in price even more. A busi­ness­man will not work at a loss, will he?” an­gered sup­pli­ers told Ar­me­nian re­porters.

Mean­while, the price of toma­toes has also tan­gi­bly in­creased in Ar­me­nia. Ex­pert on food law David Pipoyan be­lieves that the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion is the re­sult of in­com­pe­tent man­age­ment. In an in­ter­view with Ar­me­nian me­dia, he stressed that the work of the cur­rent agri­cul­ture min­istry does not dif­fer from its pre­de­ces­sors.

“Now both farm­ers and pro­duc­ers are dis­sat­is­fied, while food sup­ply should be an in­te­gral part of the na­tional se­cu­rity strat­egy,” he noted.

The ex­pert stressed that the Ar­me­nian agri­cul­ture min­istry should de­velop an agri­cul­tural pol­icy, oth­er­wise farm­ers and con­sumers will con­stantly com­plain about the cost of milk, meat and veg­eta­bles.

Thus, de­spite the fact that the new lead­er­ship of Ar­me­nia has been in power for the fifth month, the main prob­lems of the pop­u­la­tion of the coun­try have not been solved yet. Lead­ing an end­less 'war' against his pre­de­ces­sors, Pashinyan for­gets to take care of or­di­nary cit­i­zens who brought him to power. This, in turn, may eas­ily lead to an­other wave of dis­con­tent in the Ar­me­nian so­ci­ety.

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