Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Agriculture, FAO launch new agricultural project
BAKU, Azerbaijan, Aug. 7
Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Agriculture and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations have launched a new project in the field of agriculture, the Ministry told Trend.
An online meeting was held on the ‘Development of sustainable and inclusive agri-food systems in the north-western region of Azerbaijan’ project. Representatives of the FAO, the EU, the World Bank, the Ministry of Agriculture of Azerbaijan, a number of international projects and national non-governmental organizations, farmer associations and private organizations took part at the meeting.
Deputy Representative of the FAO Partnership and Liaison Office in Azerbaijan Bariz Mehdiyev noted that the project will increase the productivity of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) engaged in food and agricultural production in Zagatala, Gakh and Balakan districts and facilitate their entry into the market.
Program Manager of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan Rainer Freund said that Azerbaijan is distinguished by an incredible richness of agro-ecological territories, a variety of climatic conditions and agricultural products, adding that the tradition of preparing local delicacies from these products is being preserved.
Director of the Agrarian Research Center under the Azerbaijani Ministry of Agriculture Firdovsi Fikratzade spoke about the effect of the new project on the welfare of farmers.
Fikratzade added that value-added products will bring more income to rural residents.
Manager of the project Yusif Akhundov noted that value chains and market access will be created for the six selected products, stressing that contacts will be established with a number of state and private organizations to search for a market.
The project is being implemented with financial support from the EU and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.