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ACBA-CREDIT AGRICOLE BANK tells about ‘olive’ farmer’ Karen Karapetyan

22.11.2016 18:37

ACBA-CREDIT AGRICOLE BANK tells about ‘olive’ farmer’ Karen Karapetyan

YEREVAN, November 22. /ARKA/. While writing the story about Karen Karapetyan, I remembered another story by late journalist Gogar Isakhahnyan, who worked for Armenpress, of 26th of June 2012:

"The only exemplary olive grove in the country on 7 hectares is located in Araksashen in Meghri yielding at least 10 tons per year. In lieu of dried vineyards the 50-year-old resident of the village of Leyvaz founded an olive garden with 3,400 trees of Seveliano and Askolana species, brought from Spain.... ".
Today, when asked how the idea of cultivating olive trees came to him, Karen Karapetyan says it was hinted by his brother, who read in an encyclopedia about the climatic conditions in which this delicious and nutritious fruit grows.

And the brothers decided to take the risk. In 2002, they planted a few dozen trees, just to try. The seedlings took root, blossomed stretching up to the height of a man. But ... the frost had done its dirty deed ... But that did not upset Karen, who admits that any other person in his place would have abandoned the endeavor. But not him. With the help from ACBA-CREDIT AGRICOLE BANK in a short time he brought another 7,500 seedlings, distributing some 300 seedlings to friends and just strangers at a village administration meeting. When asked why he did it, the farmer replied, "So that no tree in my grove is stolen."

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