The first Armenian buckwheat will be available in the local stores soon. Armenia, that has been importing buckwheat since its independence, will have locally produced buckwheat thanks to the European Neighborhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) and the “Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund.
In the bordering community of Bavra, Shirak Marz, the official opening of the buckwheat processing factory named “Nor Hatik” (New Grain) was held on 14 July, 2017. The opening was an important milestone to officially launch the factory operations and to celebrate the joint efforts of the cooperatives, factory staff, project and donors.
Since 2015, ENPARD "Producer Group and Value Chain Development” project, financed by the European Union and Austrian Development Agency, works with 53 primary producer and processing cooperatives.
551 farmers from 67 communities are involved in 34 cooperatives of buckwheat production in Shirak, Lori, Aragatsotn, Kotayk and Gegharkunik Marzes. They supply buckwheat to the factories in Tsovagyugh and Bavra, the latter uniting 28 cooperatives from Shirak, Lori and Aragatsotn in one cluster.
In 2016 the project provided the primary producer cooperatives with buckwheat seeds and fertilisers, and the processing cooperatives were provided with factory machinery. As a result, 520 ha area was sowed, and an average of 1.2 tons of buckwheat harvest per 1 ha was recorded in 2016. 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 construction of Bavra factory premises was funded by “Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund, while the works were implemented by the cooperative. “Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund, being an advocate for the development of Armenia and Artsakh for more than 25 years, attaches great importance to the agricultural sector and acknowledges the relevance of ensuring sustainable income by the farmers.
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.
The beneficiaries of the project are agricultural producers, members of producer groups and their employees, their families, as well as the consumers themselves. Women and youth are given a special priority by the project. The project duration is 2015-2017, and it works in 7 regions of Armenia – Shirak, Aragatsotn, Gegharkunik, Kotayk, Lori, Vayots Dzor and Syunik.
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