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NEWS Press Releases Hayastan All-Armenian Fund launches milk-collection center for eight Tavush communities
2010-01-15
Hayastan All-Armenian Fund launches milk-collection center for eight Tavush communities
In its ongoing effort to help boost Armenia’s rural economy, the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund has established a vitally needed milk-collection center in the Tavush Region’s Azatamut Village. Housed in a former school building that was converted, completely renovated, and equipped by the fund, the facility will serve a cluster of eight communities, comprising, apart from Azatamut, the villages of Khashtarak, Lusahovit, Lusadzor, Ditavan, Aknaghbyur, Aygehovit, and Achajur.

The project, which cost approximately U.S. $120,000, was sponsored by the Armenia Fund U.S. Western Region and the Armenian community of San Francisco.

Boasting a storage capacity of 4,500 liters, made possible by state-of-the-art refrigerators and processing equipment, the milk-collection center will initially employ eight technicians from Azatamut, who are currently receiving advanced training at the Ashtarak Kat dairy-manufacturing company. The Hayastan All-Armenian Fund also plans to provide the facility with a truck sometime in the next two months, to ensure timely and efficient product deliveries.

“The goal of this initiative is to significantly promote cattle-breeding and dairy production throughout the eight villages which the milk-collection center will serve,” said Ara Vardanyan, executive director of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund. “The facility will create considerable economic opportunities for its beneficiaries, who will be able to use it to both store and sell their products with unprecedented ease. Thus the project will be a boon in terms of securing area residents’ livelihood as well as contributing to the long-term economic viability of Tavush.”

Commenting enthusiastically on the launch of the project, Zhora Martirosyan, mayor of Azatamut, said that although cattle-breeding has long lagged in his community, the establishment of the milk-collection center has already encouraged many residents to increase dairy production.
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