The FINANCIAL — A second buckwheat processing factory has been opened in the border community of Bavra in Shirak in the framework of the EU-funded European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD).
The factory opening is a continuation of the assistance ENPARD-Armenia has provided to the country’s farmers. In 2016, primary producer cooperatives were provided with buckwheat seeds and fertilisers, and processing cooperatives were provided with buckwheat processing factories. As a result, 520 hectares of buckwheat were planted, with an average of 1.2 tonnes of buckwheat harvested per hectare.
According to a newsletter of the EU Delegation to Armenia, 551 farmers from 67 communities have been involved in 33 cooperatives across Shirak, Lori, Aragatsotn, Kotayk and Gegharkunik marzes (provinces of Armenia) to provide buckwheat to factories in Bavra (Shirak marz) and Tsovagyugh (Gegharkunik marz).
ENPARD-Armenia is a three-year EU-funded project that started in January 2015 to support sustainable agriculture in the country. The project aims to improve agricultural institutions, encourage the development of farmers’ associations and improve access to more affordable food. The activities focus on women, youth and other vulnerable groups. The project’s governmental partner is the Armenian Ministry of Agriculture.