Though apricot prices in Armenia are almost three to four times higher than the prices of previous years, the fruit is still in great demand. Today apricot is sold within 1000-1200 drams’ range in an agricultural products market in Yerevan’s Malatia district, whereas last year the procurement price was 300-350 drams.
Arayik Harutyunyan, a resident of Voskevaz village in Aragatsotn region, sells berries in Yerevan. He says through the harvest was poor, the prices have gone up twice as compared with previous years.
Only greengrocers do not complain of weather conditions as spring frosts did not damage the harvest. But they say greens are not selling well.
Yeranush Hovakimya, who has been working at the market for 18 years, says the number of buyers decreases every year. “Many have left the country and fewer people are visiting the market,” she said.
People visiting the market mostly buy apricot. In most cases they leave disappointed but with full packages but unhappy looks. “Prices are biting,” they say.