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Heavy snowfall kill up to 95% of apricot harvest in Armenia

April 01, 2014, 18:05 UTC+3 YEREVAN
Armenia’s annual apricot harvest averages 50,000-55,000 tonnes
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YEREVAN, April 01. /ITAR-TASS/. A recent cold spell and a heavy snowfall has killed about 90-95% of the apricot harvest in Armenia, causing a damage of $ 25-30 million, chairman of the Armenian Union of Agrarians and Peasants Grach Berberyan told journalists.

“The frost and snow killed forming blossoms,” he said. “Damage was done to apricot, plum, peach, cherry trees and early-ripe species of grapes. The most affected areas are in the Ararat plain and in regions near Yerevan.”

Armenia’s annual apricot harvest averages 50,000-55,000 tonnes, of which 20,000-22,000 tonnes are exported and about 10,000 tonnes are further processed.

A heavy snowfall hit the republic over the past weekend. The snow blanket, according to meteorologists, reached 20 centimetres. Air temperatures dropped to three degrees below zero.

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