YEREVAN, April 13. /ARKA/. Armenia’ agricultural sector will be assisted in the amount of EUR 456.5 thousand as part of the EU-funded Green Agriculture Initiative in Armenia (EU-GAIA), which is the biggest agricultural project in Armenia funded by the European Union and co-funded and implemented by the Austrian Development Agency.
According to the Facebook posting of the EU Delegation to Armenia, the decision was made on Friday following an online meeting of the EU-GAIA advisory committee. The assistance comes against the background of the spread of coronavirus as an immediate measure to help Armenian farmers and the processing industry.
The assistance in the amount of 456.5 thousand euros will be used to minimize the negative consequences of the epidemic in particularly vulnerable provinces of the country – Lori, Shirak and Tavush.
The online meeting was attended by the Deputy Minister of Economy Arman Khojoyan, the governors of Tavush, Shirak provinces, a representative of the Lori provincial administration, as well as by the UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia Dmitry Maryasin.
On March 16 Armenia declared a 30-day state of emergency to contain the spread of coronavirus. Later, it imposed stringent restrictions on free movement of citizens and banned also some types of economic activity until April 12 inclusive.
As of April 11, in Armenia 966 confirmed cases of coronavirus were recorded. 173 patients have recovered and 13 people died.