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.
What is Kashatagh? Formerly known as Lachin, it is Artsakh's largest region, the vital land-bridge that connects Artsakh to Armenia, making them effectively one. After 70 years of Azerbaijani rule, this historically Armenian province was liberated in the early nineties. Today, the region is being actively resettled and offers new life to Armenian families.read More
Papag Stepanyan, together with his family of five, lives in the Van village of Southern Kashatagh, where he resettled in 1998. All this time, the family has lived in very poor housing conditions. This is about to change.read More
Meet Tatevik Sargsyan, Vahe Azizyan and Ararat Sahakyan – 3 young specialists from Armenia who are currently in Artsakh with the mission to explore new development prospects for the local bee-keeping, honey-production and related spheres.read More
A deep connection to the land, a strong sense of community and simplicity of living – this is what life in these villages is all about. We spent the past few days in some of the most remote villages of Artsakh, talking to people and hearing their stories. These villages are where the Armenian world starts, it is where Armenian life starts, and we think it is important for each of us to learn about the people who live here. Very soon, we will share with you the stories we have been fortunate to collect here. But for now, enjoy these images of village life in two of Artsakh’s liberated districts – Kashatagh and Hadrut.read More