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AFA Conducts Food Market Survey in Nagorno Karabakh

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 28, 2006
Contact: Sarah Ludwig
info@AmericansForArtsakh.org

Washington, DC — The Americans for Artsakh (AFA) organization today invites potential investors and interested organizations to benefit from market survey data compiled over the past sixteen months in Artsakh. AFA will also use the data as it develops a model farm project in Artsakh.

The AFA Liaison Office in Stepanakert began the survey in March 2005, studying availability, prices and origin of nearly 200 agricultural products sold at three major markets of Stepanakert, as well as in Askeran, Hadrut, Mardakert, Martuni and Shushi. The survey aims to gather information about Artsakh's food markets, helping identify products that could be produced locally both for domestic consumption and export.

Director of the AFA's Stepanakert Office Elvina Azarian, who spearheaded the project's implementation, said that the survey results, in combination with the Nagorno Karabakh government statistics, would serve as a major reference both for local and outside businessmen and organizations interested in Artsakh's agricultural sector.

"The study results also reflect the rising cost of living in Nagorno Karabakh over the past year and a half," Azarian said. "As such, the survey data together with available statistics on incomes would help determine the trends in food security in Karabakh."

"AFA will continue the surveys and intends to use the data as we launch a model farm project in Artsakh," said the AFA President Zaven Khanjian. "The model farm will involve roughly one hectare patches of land in two to three locations in Artsakh. AFA would help farmers identify marketable high-value crops and provide necessary seeds, management consulting and technology. Upon successful completion, the model would be available to other Artsakh farmers to replicate. We also invite those interested in Artsakh's agricultural sector to make use of the market survey results."

Americans For Artsakh is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization established to preserve freedom, strengthen democracy, foster economic development, protect the cultural identity and promote the heritage of the people of Artsakh. The founding Board of Directors include: Zaven Khanjian, President; Dr. Hratch Abrahamian, Vice President; Savey Tufenkian, Treasurer; Rita Balian, Secretary; and Edward Chobanian.

Americans for Artsakh is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization established to preserve freedom, strengthen democracy, foster economic development, protect the cultural identity and promote the heritage of the people of Artsakh.

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