Grape harvest in Armenia appears to be between 240,000-242,000 tonnes this year, about the same as last year's harvest, agriculture minister says

YEREVAN, Armenia , October 21, 2013 () – The grape harvest in Armenia this year appears to have been 240,000-242,000 tonnes, according to the initial data, which is pretty much the same as last year's harvest, the country's Agriculture Minister Sergo Karapetyan told the press on Monday.

The production of other crops is growing, he said. The republic harvested 542,100 tonnes of grain, up 19% from last year, and 306,600 tonnes of wheat, up 26%.

Average crop yield was 31 centners per hectare versus 26 in 2012. To increase the grain harvest, 640 tonnes of elite, highly productive seed was sown and the planting area was expanded to 100,000 hectares from 93,700 last year.

The Agriculture Ministry predicts that Armenia will produce 145,000 tonnes of meat this year, 11% more than last year. It expects production of 670,000 tonnes of milk, up 8.4%, upwards of 710 million eggs, up 10.8%, and 11,000 tonnes of fish, up 25%.

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