FAO “Apricot Genetic Resources Conservation and Utilization” project had organized a workshop on “Conservation and sustainable use of apricot genetic resources”. The purpose of the workshop was to present the achievements of the project in regards to apricot PGR as well as the international best practice and importance of apricot genetic resources conservation.
The event was attended by: RA Deputy Minister of Agriculture R. Makaryan, representatives from scientific institutions , different organizations, AgSMCs, farmers, other stakeholders.
The UN FAO was represented by: Assistant FAO Representative in Armenia G. Nasoyan, Plant Production and Protection Officer (REU) A. Nersisyan, Project National Consultant H. Hovhannisyan, International Consultant Daniele Bassi.
The Deputy Minister R. Makaryan welcomed the participants and the guests and presented the importance and relevance of the project for Armenia and particularly for people engaged in apricot genetic resources investigation, apricot breeding and cultivation. He hoped that productive discussions would result in providing answers to all questions.
A. Nersisyan, H. Hovhannisyan and D. Bassi presented the current status and policies in apricot PGR in the country, the importance of implementation of medium and long-term programs on apricot genetic resources selection, characterization, conservation and uses; international practice and other relevant issues.
At the end of the workshop the results were summarized, proposals were made especially regarding the sustainability of the project, expansion of the apricot collection orchard and its maintenance.