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A New Orchard for Liberated Artsakh

03 June 2018

To develop and resettle Artsakh’s liberated lands, we need to go beyond the construction of schools, clinics, houses and other infrastructure. We need to provide the locals with opportunities to sustain a good living, and we also need to create conditions that will attract newcomers. Well-developed agriculture has the potential to do both.

Artsakh is rich with fertile lands - ideal for the cultivation of a vast range of crops. Liberated Kashatagh is no exception. This strategic region, which connects Artsakh to Armenia, has abundant agricultural resources that can not only provide livelihoods and employment opportunities for the locals, but also create a strong foundation for Artsakh’s further economic growth.

We started our first economic development project in 2004, by planting a pomegranate orchard near the Arajamugh village. The orchard was expanded with 2 more hectares in 2016, and, despite temporary difficulties related to severe weather conditions, currently offers employment opportunities to several villagers on a long-term basis. In 2013, we planted a second pomegranate orchard covering 7 hectares, this time in Yeritsvank. After some initial setbacks due to frost and hail, the orchard is now in its 5th year of development.

This year, we started our third orchard in Artsakh. In early March, we planted 2300 persimmon trees in the Van village of Kashatagh region. As with all our efforts in Artsakh, the agricultural works were entrusted to local villagers, giving them an opportunity to earn wages while working on their native lands.

Several months after the orchard was planted, we are already seeing some progress. The trees have taken root and are covered with leaves.

We hope that this new orchard will bring new life to Kashatagh, help improve its economic self-sufficiency and encourage more families to resettle in Artsakh.

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