In our ongoing job-creation efforts, the Foundation initiated greenhouse cultivation in Kashatagh in 2013. Co-sponsored by the Armenian Community Council (ACC) of Great Britain, the project has been implemented in the Yeritsvank village until this year.
Thus far, we have built two greenhouses with a total area of 480m2. In 2014 we harvested 1,873 kg of tomatoes, and now are cultivating tomatoes, peppers, and other vegetables.
For two years, the Foundation entrusted the local work to a villager of Yeritsvank – Zarzand Mikayelian. We provided Zarzand with necessary supplies, advice, and technical assistance. However, last year’s harvest was subpar due to sharp fluctuations in weather, which resulted in increased heating costs as well as low market prices for the vegetables. The resulting income didn’t fully remunerate the incurred costs and brought small profit to Zarzand’s family.
In response, the Foundation has actively sought solutions that can raise profitability, while continuing to rely on local partners. This fall, the greenhouses will be relocated to Berdzor, where experienced greenhouse farmers will rent the facility under our overall supervision.
The tomato harvest.