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The farmers that have sustained big losses because of the poor-quality seeds provided by the Agriculture Ministry instead of the good seeds imported into the country from Russia last year have the right to appeal to court, President of Agricultural Association of Armenia Hrach Berberyan told journalists on Friday.
He said that in some regions the wheat had short stems because of the poor quality of the seeds and was hard to gather. But the whole problem is that the farmers were given the seeds on condition that they would have to return them twofold and to pay 160 AMD or $0.4 per each kilogram of reproduced seeds.
A week ago Acting Head of the Plant Growing and Protection Department of the Agriculture Ministry Gevork Harutyunyan said that the Ministry was aware of the situation, but it was early yet to speak about compensation, especially as nothing like that was mentioned in the contracts.
Berberyan said that the seeds the farmers were given were 4-5 year old and mixed with infected rye seeds. He explained that in 2010 Armenia imported 1,000 tons of high quality wheat seeds from Russia, while in 2011 it bought seeds from Dnipropetrovsk and Odessa regions of Ukraine, where there are now seed producing companies.