May 18, 2010


Azerbaijan to improve poultry farming development



The Azerbaijani Agriculture Ministry actively cooperates with the Azerbaijani Poultry Farmers Society to solve fodder problems, particularly lobbying for lower VAT on food imports, Deputy Agriculture Minister Bahram Aliyev said.


Aliyey said the ministry is interested in reducing the tax on feed imports, which will accelerate the sector's development, as there is serious demand for poultry meat in Azerbaijan.


He noted plans include increasing meat production in the country to 340,000 tonnes, of which 80,000 tonnes falls to poultry, under a state programme to ensure food products for the people in 2008-2015. Azerbaijan plans to produce 30,000-40,000 tonnes of poultry meat in 2010, which is 10.5% more than in 2009, he said.


The society applied to the government with a proposal to institute imports on feed and other poultry products free from VAT, society head Aydin Valiyev said earlier.


Valiyev said some 90% of the feed for birds is imported, but many poultry factories face problems due to the large expenses of keeping birds.


Merdeken Broyler and Hovsan Broyler suspended their activities in October 2008 due to a lack of funds to maintain factories.


The Azerbaijani Poultry Farmers Society includes 29 enterprises.