Armenia’s ministry of agriculture will use a $1.8 million Japanese grant to create a Vineyard Cadastre, the executive director of the Agriculture, the executive director of the Agricultural Development Fund Gegham Gevorgyan, He said an agreement to that end was already signed. He said the work to take stock of all vineyards across the country is scheduled to begin in 2018.
In his words, the work is expected to reveal which grape varieties are grown in Armenia, which are the endemic varieties and what can be done to develop viticulture and winemaking.
According to the head of of the National Wine Center Avag Harutyunyan, Armenia’s grape production in 2017 saw a 20% drop from the previous year, declining to about 90,000 metric tons, primarily because the farmers were unable to protect their vineyards in a timely and proper manner from winter frosts due to lack of finance. Official figures say, however, that the national grape production is between 200,000-300,000 tons.