“Pre-Election Campaign: What Solutions do the Political Forces Propose for the Solution of Armavir Marz?”
25.03.2017
12:00
Political parties participating in the elections in Armavir region mainly targeted at agricultural issues, from the improvement of irrigation system to the increase of efficiency and productivity in rural economies.

Electoral alliances and parties participating in the campaign offer the citizens various options for solving these problems.

Representatives of the political forces participated in a discussion entitled “Pre-Election Campaign: What Solutions do the Political Forces Propose for the Solution of Armavir Marz?”held by Media Center in cooperation with Armavir Development Center in the city of Armavir.  

Garnik Ghazabyan, a representative from the “Armenian Renaissance” Party, says that to find solutions to agricultural problems in the region and to provide the population with jobs, it is necessary to attract foreign investments, in particular the Chinese investments. “We want to bring China projects, serious investments to Armenia in order to develop production and increase exports,” he said, adding that if elected, he would be able to bring Chinese investments in Armenia.

He added that they already have agreements with several Chinese organizations, which were possible due to his sons who are students in China. At the same time, he urged the participants that these agreements will be implemented if he is elected as MP and “Armenian Renaissance” obtains considerable representation in the Parliament.

“"Chinese entrepreneurs think that there is a risk factor, Armenia is a country that is at war and has closed borders. But we will do our best to make the investment. We are talking about an investment of $ 650 million, most of which will be made in Armavir region,” Ghazaryan said.   

Shant Grigoryan, member of “Yelq” Alliance, first noted that the posters of the oppositional forces are torn which hinders to make their voice heard. Referring to the problems of the region, he emphasized that Ararat and Armavir regions are crucial for the development of the agricultural sector. He thinks that the land fund is not properly used and the efficiency is very low.

“Our land funds are located in these two regions. Today we have a serious problem with the land fund, they are carelessly exploited, and the necessary work was not carried out because it requires substantial financial resources. Almost 25 per cent of lands are saline and unsuitable for farming, approximately 45 percent is not cultivated,” the speaker said.  

Though the situation worsens year by year, there are some solutions that the alliance offers. “New approaches should be applied in the field of agriculture, high technologies should be invested. In this case, we are committed to the development of greenhouses, introduction of network technologies and establishing environmentally-friendly fertilizer manufacture,” he said.   

Razmik Margabyan, the representative of the Republican Party of Armenia who is the head of Tandzut rural community in Armavir, highlighted the irrigation system as an urgent problem requiring a solution,” he said adding that his party now aims to expand the scope of development of agricultural products processing capacity. “There are certain achievements and plans,” the speaker said. As a proof, he mentioned the investments made in the cotton production. 

Arshaluys Mghdesyan, editor/events coordinator at “Media Center”

To contact the author please send an email to arshaluismghdesyan@pjc.am.

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