Japanese government to provide Azerbaijani farmers with equipment
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 12 / Trend , U.Ismayilova/
A $3.4-million grant allocated by the Japanese government to the Azerbaijani Agriculture Ministry will be spent to buy farm equipment, Agriculture Minister Ismat Abbasov said on Feb. 12.
"Grain combine harvesters will be purchased," he said.
Pursuant to the agreement, Japan will purchase and deliver equipment to the ministry for distribution to farmers. The 2 KR project is intended to support poor farmers, he said.
The grant agreement was signed on Jan. 30. The document was inked by Abbasov and Japanese Ambassador to Azerbaijan Masamitsu Oki.
Since 1998, Japan has implemented 8 grant programs worth $27 million for farmers in Azerbaijan, including this latest project. A total of 232 combine harvesters and 345 various machines were purchased.
In autumn 2008, grain sowing covered 800,000 hectares in Azerbaijan. A 1.6-million-ton harvest is expected this year. The grain will be sufficient to meet the country's bread grain demand, he said.
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