Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 23 /Trend E. Aliyev/
Over the past period from 2003 to 2012 the sown areas of grain crops increased by 32.77 percent, Azerbaijani Agriculture Minister Ismat Abbasov's article, devoted to the dynamics of development of country's agricultural sector in the last 10 years, published on Monday in the official press said.
"Much success has been achieved in the field of plant breeding, the largest agricultural sector of the country. Thus, since 2003 the sown areas of grain crops increased from 776,300 to 10,30,700 hectares (including wheat - from 595,200 to 687,300 hectares ), potatoes - from 59,300 to 66,000 hectares, fruits - from 88,400 to 133,500 hectares, grapes - from 7,700 to 16.300 hectares," the article said.
According to Abbasov, the increase of sown areas has led to the achievement of significant successes in production.
"Thus, between 2003 and 2012, grain production increased from 2.06 to 2.8 million tonnes (including wheat - from 1.5 to 1.85 million tons), potatoes - from 769 to 968.5 million tons, vegetables - from 1.046 to 1.216 million tons, watermelons - from 356,700 to 428,000 tons, fruits - from 572.100 to 810,000 tons, grapes - from 65,000 to 150,900 tons," the Minister underscored.
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