Agriculture

According to the State Statistics Committee, mass harvesting campaign is almost complete in agriculture. According to the State Statistics Committee, as of 1 December 2006, collection of spring and winter harvest including, corns, made up 2078,300 tons from area 784,600h, or 48,000 tons less. as compared to 2005. Drop in production is explained with unfavorable weather conditions.

Corn production made up 145,620 tons. Earlier grains production in the country was forecasted in the volume of 2,200mln tons.

Cotton harvesting comprised 126,000 tons, or 70,000 tons less the harvest fixed in 2005. The drop was explained with cut in the sown area by 9,700h, or 8.7%, as well as unfavorable weather conditions. The sown area comprised 103,000h.

As of 1 December 2006, 957,600 tons of potato has been harvested from the area of 66,731h in Azerbaijan, or 125,000 tons, or 11.5% less 2005. Last year the total production in Azerbaijan was over 1mln tons. However, even such production ratio enables to cover the domestic demand.

Meanwhile, the production of vegetables in this period rose as compared to last year and beat the record. Thus, collection of vegetables made up 1,139,5mln tons, or 2.3% more as compared to 2005.

At the same interests towards one of the most profitable spheres agriculture вЂ" viticulture - boosted in Azerbaijan. As of 1 December 2006 the collection of grapes in the country comprised 82,200 tons, or 4,700 tons (6%) more as compared to 2005.

The collection of tobacco leafs has been completed in the country. The tobacco crop in this year has made up 4,600 tons which is by 2,400 tons less against the last year, Trend reports referring to a source in the Agriculture Ministry of the Country.

The total tobacco sown area in this year has reached 1,826 hectares. The forecast on the collection of tobacco leaves in the country for 2006 was fixed at the volume of 5,000 tons.

Tobacco leaves are mainly planted in the following economic regions of Azerbaijan: Shaki-Zagatala (Zagatala, Shaki, Gakh, Gabala, and Balakan).

Harvest of several agriculture products

2006

2005

Harvest area, in ths h

%

Harvested product, in ths tons

Productivity in metric tons per h

Harvest area, in ths h

Harvested product, in ths tons

Productivity in metric tons per h

Grain (without corns)

751,6

99,9

1932,7

25,7

770,5

1975,0

25,6

Corns

31,9

99,8

145,6

45,7

31,6

151,4

47,9

Sunflower

10,6

99,7

16,1

15,2

110,1

16,3

14,7

Cotton

102,7

126,4

12,3

113,0

192,5

17,0

Tobacco

1,8

4,6

25,4

2,8

7,1

25,5

Potato

66,8

99,9

957,6

139

70,6

1082,3

149

Vegetables

79,5

99,7

1139,5

143

78,2

1113,4

142

Melon and Water Melon

28,7

99,7

354,8

124

30,0

363,4

121

Fruits

84,3

602,7

71,5

84,3

608,2

73,9

Grain (without corns)

7,2

82,2

7,2

77,6

Corns

2,9

602,3

2,1

2,9

667

2,3

Source: State Statistics Committee

Stability was maintained in the sphere cattle-breeding. In this period, live stock made up 247,600 tons, or 2.8% more than the same period of last year, diary вЂ" 1196,700 tons (+4.0%), wool вЂ" 13,200 tons (+2%). This period the agriculture sector produced 700.5mln eggs, which is less than 2005.

Production of cattle-breeding (in ths tons)

Title of product

November

2006

As of November 2005, %

As compared to January to November 2005, %

Meat

247,6

240,9

102,8

Milk

1196,7

1150,9

104,0

Eggs, in ths pieces

700,5

811,7

86,3

Wool

13,2

12,9

102,0

Source: State Statistics Committee

Forestry and fishing enterprises of the country produced output for 1079,000 manats and 86,000 manats respectively.

Cut in production of eggs and planting (excluding grapes and vegetables) had a negative impact on the volume of gross product in agriculture. In January to November 2006 the cost of animal husbandry increased 2.3%, but 4.6%-cut in the cost of planting prices reduced the cost of agriculture production by 1.5%, and made up 1,712,2 manats in current prices.

In November 2006, the production prices for the agricultural products in Azerbaijan increased by 4.1% as comprised with the previous months, and by 22.2% as comprised to December 2005.

The price index for the greens and melon families equaled 107.3% in comparison with September, Trend reports quoting the State Statistics Committee of Azerbaijan. For the reported period, the production prices for vegetables have increased by 2.2%, grains вЂ" 8.8% and fruits and nuts вЂ" 6.9%.

In addition, the price index for the cattle breeding equaled 100.9% as comprised to previous months. The price for livestock and its products was raised by 1.4%, and the prices for poultry and eggs decreased by 0.7%. The price for fish products increased by 12.2%. The forest economy remained stable.

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