For Immediate Release
May 11, 2007
ARCHUT VILLAGE: ARMENIA FUND BRINGS PIECES TOGETHER
NEW YORK, New York – Armenia Fund USA is
pleased to announce that Archut village in Armenia will benefit
from the agricultural development initiative that started in Karabakh.
Armenia Fund in Yerevan transferred agricultural technology and
supplies to Archut to help family farmers there in crop cultivation
and seasonal agricultural activities. Access to upgraded equipment
is an important part of the Fund’s Agricultural
Initiative which also involves creating jobs and providing
improved agricultural practices for rural communities.
Archut village in Armenia
receives new agricultural machinary
Since the collapse of the Soviet central planning system, villages
in Armenia and Karabakh have been facing serious difficulties,
a major problem being lack of agricultural machinery. The agricultural
sector has long-term needs for more investment and upgraded technology.
To address this need, Armenia Fund has made providing access to
updated agricultural equipment an important part of the region’s
The Regional Development Program started in Mardakert region
of Karabakh in spring of 2005. In 2006 the program was expanded
to Hadrut region. An important economic underpinning of the initiative
is the establishment of agricultural development associations
in all major regions. New tractors, combines and other agricultural
equipment were shipped to Karabakh from China and Belarus. The
project registered success in the first cluster of villages in
Mardakert, and now villages in Armenia, like Archut in Lori Marz,
are also beginning to benefit from it. “New tractors are of great
help to the 480 small households in the village,” says Vardan
Khachikian, a resident and head of the village that has just received
new agricultural technology from the Fund. “This is not the first
time during the 17-year existence of Archut that Armenia Fund
renders assistance to our communities in different ways”, he notes
In 2000, Armenia Fund built a secondary school in Archut, and
later furnished its classrooms. The French affiliate of the Fund
is spearheading the initiative which currently extends beyond
classrooms to include sport and other facilities for the school.
Archut is reviving today with new hope for a better life. The
village is relatively new, as it was established in 1989 and has
1500 inhabitants, most of them refugees of war. Its residents
are resilient, hardworking, and are a great encouragement for
Armenia Fund as it paves the way for a better quality of life.
ABOUT ARMENIA FUND USA: founded in 1992, was
one of the first of Hayastan All-Armenian Fund’s 19 international
affiliates and serves constituents in all states east of the Mississippi.
As a non-profit, non-governmental, nonsectarian organization,
the Fund represents all Armenian constituents. Armenia Fund USA
is the largest contributor among the 19 international affiliates
– supporting strategic infrastructure projects in Armenia and
Karabakh. The Fund has adopted a policy to go “Beyond Bricks and
Mortar” to provide sustainability for projects it sponsors.
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