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Armenia: March blizzard damages vast areas of crops

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Armenia's Deputy Minister of Agriculture Garnik Petrosian has said the total damage from the blizzard that hit the country in late March is estimated at more than 11 billion Armenian drams ($26.5 million), reported Asbarez.com.

An initial assessment revealed that the blizzard damaged crops on more than 9,000 hectares of land. Mr. Petrosian said the only solution to such situations is compulsory agricultural insurance, though he did not provide details on whether the government will introduce this system soon.

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