NKR GOVERNMENT MEETING

Azat Artsakh - Nagorno Karabakh Republic (NKR)
4 Sept 04

IN 2005 THE VOLUME OF CAPITAL BUILDING MAY INCREASE BY 1.5 BILLION
DRAMS. At the August 31 meeting of the NKR government referring to
the state budget 2005 prime minister Anoushavan Danielian mentioned
that the government is able and intends increasing financial means
for capital building by 1.5 billion drams. The state budget of 2004
provided 3 billion for capital building. The prime minister asked the
heads of the corresponding agencies, regional administrations and the
mayor of Stepanakert to present soon the projecting and calculation
documents. THE PENSIONS OF ARMY SEVICEMEN RETREATED BEFORE 1999
TO BE RAISED. According to the government decision, the pensions
of the army servicemen retreated before 1999 will increase by an
average of 3 thousand drams. According to the minister of social
security L. Ghulian, as different from the army servicemen during
the calculation of pensions of 220 servicemen of the police, national
security and the Department of Emergencies money compensation was not
included. Now this will also be included in the pension. IN KARABAKH
VITICULTURE IS MORE PROFITABLE THAN PRODUCTION OF GRAIN. Grain harvest
has almost finished in the republic. Of 54 thousand hectares of arable
land about 76 thousand tons of grain was harvested, which is less by 10
thousand tons against the previous year although this year additional
14 thousand arable land was used. In 2003 the crop yield per hectare
totaled 2.5 tons whereas this year 1.42 tons. Summing up the results
of the harvest, the prime minister emphasized that production of grain
cannot be profitable in a country where only 5 per cent of farming
land is irrigated, and it too much depends on nature. He mentioned
that the yield was affected not only by weather conditions but also
untimely implemented agricultural works. This mainly refers to the
region of Kashatagh where average productivity is several times lower
than last year. The prime minister asked the minister of agriculture to
work out and present a plan of agricultural works. In this reference
it was mentioned that winter tillage has already begun. According to
Anoushavan Danielian, in 2005 the government intends increasing the
amounts of loaning in the branches of viticulture and cattle-farming,
enlarge leasing programs in these branches of agriculture. The prime
minister also emphasized that in parallel the government will implement
the program of irrigation. A. Danielian informed that three large
programs are ready which are the construction of water reservoirs on
the river Ishkhanaget and in the region of Askeran with the capacity
of respectively 9 and 13 million cubic meter (the costs will total
4.5 and 8 billion drams), as well as the reconstruction of the water
supply system in Mataghis (4 billion drams). MAINTENANCE OF ROADS ALSO
REQUIRES MEANS. There is a considerable number of regional and village
roads repaired in the framework of this or that program. Many of the
roads practically are not maintained after the repairs. According
to prime minister Anoushavan Danielian, it is a shame when the
benefactor on whose means the road was repaired witnesses its terrible
condition. During the meeting the prime minister asked the heads of
regional administrations and the Ministry of Development of Industrial
Infrastructures and Building to constitute a commission for control of
the state of roads and present monthly accounts. The prime minister
mentioned that in 2005 the government will increase the expenses on
road maintenance by 50-60 million drams.

NAIRA HAYRUMIAN.
04-09-2004