Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 30 / Trend A.Badalova /
The Azerbaijani 2010 public budget expenditure on agriculture is expected to increase by about 1-1.5 percent, Azerbaijani Agriculture Minister Ismat Abbasov said at a news-conference in the headquarters of the New Azerbaijan Party on Oct. 30.
"The expenditure is increased to raise the salaries of researchers in agriculture," Abbasov said.
According to the Minister, in 2009 Azerbaijan experienced record figures in volumes of harvest and it is planned to continue this trend in 2010.
Abbasov also said that a three-percent growth was observed in agriculture in Azerbaijan in January to September, with a 2.2-percent achieved through livestock farming,.
Moreover, in this period some areas of agricultural production decreased, particularly cotton and melon production, which mainly occurred as a result of natural disasters.
In January-August of 2009, Azerbaijan exported the agricultural products worth $204.263 million, including crop production for $93.4 million, livestock for $10.575 million and agro products for $100.231 million.
In this period Azerbaijan imported agricultural products worth $449.691 million, including crop production for $174.251 million, livestock for $36.059 million and processing for $239.367 million.
Regarding the activities of the state Agroleasing company, the minister said that so far, the company has received 210.5 million manat.
Azerbaijan held only 343 fairs for the sale of agricultural products, selling 77,000 tons of products, the minister said.
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