“Damage was done to apricot, plum, peach, cherry trees and early-ripe species of grapes,” chairman of the Armenian Union of Agrarians and Peasants Grach Berberyan told journalists.
Cold and heavy snowfall has killed about 90-95% of the apricot harvest in Armenia, causing a damage of $ 25-30 million.
“The frost and snow killed forming blossoms,” said Berberyan. 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.
The snow blanket, according to meteorologists, reached 20 cm (8 inches). Air temperatures dropped to three degrees below zero (C).
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