Grape farmers of the village of Kaghtsrashen in Armenia's Ararat province are still waiting to be paid for the produce purchased from them last fall by a local winery. Speaking to Epress.am Wednesday, vine-grower Zakar Petrosyan said that Vinar paid a small portion of the debt in August and still owes him AMD 520 thousand (over $1000).
This year, according to Zakaryan, none of the Kaghtsrashen farmers sold even a kilogram of grapes to the winery. “The harvest this year was not as rich; some of the farmers sold their produce to exporting companies, while the majority took it straight to the markets. As for me, I don’t even intend to harvest the remaining of my grapes,” the farmer said.
“Most of the villagers are currently busy with harvest, but we plan to resume our protests in the coming days. We’ll most likely appeal to the new prime minister this time, see if we can get our money from him. No one cares about the villagers and their problems anymore,” Zakaryan added.