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Opening of the first buckwheat processing factory in Armenia

Since 2015 ENPARD’s "Producer Group and Value Chain Development Project Financed by European Union and Austrian Development Agency, works with 52 primary producer and processing groups in 5 value chains.

Within the project, first time in Armenia large-scale production and processing of buckwheat is initiated. 551 farmers from 67 communities producing buckwheat are involved in 34 cooperatives of the Shirak, Lori, Aragatsotn, Kotayk and Gegharkunik regions. The cooperatives are clustered around 2 cooperative of cooperatives of Bavra and Tsovagyugh though open voting.

In 2016 the primary producer cooperatives were provided with buckwheat seeds and fertilizers, and the processing cooperatives were provided with factory machinery by the project. As a result 551ha area was planted, and an average of 1.2 tons of buckwheat harvest was registered per1ha. Now the farmers can process their harvest in the factory, sell it and earn income. Besides, with the support of the project, local and international experts have provided the farmers with trainings on buckwheat sowing, fertilizing, harvesting, storage processing, as well as buckwheat-related beekeeping and honey production.

The community of Tsovagyugh has provided the area of the factory and has implemented the construction works.

It is expected that the locally produced buckwheat bearing the brand “Tsovhatik” will soon appear on the shelves of local shops and the local consumers can enjoy it. 

The opening ceremony took place on December 6 at 13:00, Tsovagyugh community, Geharkunik region.

ENPARD (European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development) is financed by the European Union to ensure sustainable agricultural developpent in Armenia. One of its components “Producer Group and Value Chain Development” is implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with the top-up fundiing from the Austrian Development Agency. The project was launched in January 2015 and the duration is 36 months.

The main objective of the component is to support the establishment of agricultural cooperatives, as well as strenghtening of existing cooperatives, business capacity building, increase of the production volume, product development, technology upgrading, marketing and value adding post harvest, as well as introdution of the best agricultural practices (drip irrigation, etc.) and disaster risk reduction (anti-hail nets, anti-frost) systems.