Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 20
By Abbas Akhundov - Trend:
Azerbaijan is aiming to increase competition at all links in the agro-food production chain, chief of the department for agrarian policy issues in the Azerbaijani presidential administration, Azer Amiraslanov said on Feb. 20.
He made the remarks in Baku during his speech at an international high level forum dedicated to the private sector's involvement in the agro-food production chain development.
"Today no country in the world could solve all the problems encountered in founding an effective agro-food production chain. Competition in the production of agricultural products in Azerbaijan is higher compared to other areas, and the country has a lot of manufacturers. However, it is still important to promote competition in such chain links as logistics, processing and the sale of agricultural products," Amiraslanov said.
He stressed that agriculture in Azerbaijan has no diversified sales channels. In addition there are numerous links of intermediaries between the producers and purchasers.
"Today the main task of the country's agrarian policy is to ensure efficiency of the agricultural chain. It is important to remove all obstacles along the various links of the chain, to ensure a fair distribution of the added value, which is formed while transition is being undertaken from one link to another," Amiraslanov said.
"It is also important for each link to represent the private sector. The chain should be continued to include export of products abroad and we should not confine ourselves only with the internal market. We plan to create logistics centers to do this."
Amiraslanov said that Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev's decree on additional measures for improving activity of the agricultural and food products market dated January 16, 2014, is aimed at fulfilling the above mentioned tasks.
The Azerbaijani Agriculture Ministry and local executive authorities must submit proposals to the president for support in the process of creating a network, according to the decree.
In particular, it is envisaged there should be the establishment of specialised farm shops and 'green' markets which will be working on a permanent basis in Baku and the country's major cities, as well as operate at agricultural fairs.
It is also supposed to create private bases for storage and sale of agricultural products.