June 20, 2011


Azerbaijan's grain output to rise



Azerbaijan is expected to have a production of 2.5 million tonnes of grain, according to Agriculture Minister Ismet Abasov yesterday (Jun 17).


"We forecast production of 2.5 million tonnes of grain in the presence of favourable weather conditions, 1.7 million of which will account for food grain," he said.


It has planned to produce 800,000 tonnes of barley in 2011.


Last year, the country harvested more than two million tonnes of grain, which is 33% less than in 2009. Some 20.7 quintals of grain were harvested from each hectare of land on average.


Abasov said the country's demand in grain crops is 3-3.2 million tonnes.


"The lacking part will be imported from other countries. Today Azerbaijan imports grain from Russia and Kazakhstan," Abasov stressed.


He said although last year grain production in Azerbaijan fell due to adverse weather conditions, a deficit was not observed on this type of production in the country.


"Azerbaijan's needs in grain, as well as in all types of agricultural products will also be fully met this year," Abasov said.


According to the Deputy Agriculture Minister Bahram Aliyev, at present, 945,000 hectares are sown with grain, 660 000 hectares of which are sown with wheat, and 285,000 with barley.

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