Azerbaijan, Baku, 10 December / Trend , A.Badalova /
Next year the grain harvesting is expected to decline in Azerbaijan, the Agriculture Minister Ismat Abbasov said on Dec. 10.
"The forecasts show that unfortunately, next year, lower grain harvesting is expected as compared with this year because this year the farmers planted less area," said Abbasov.
According to the minister, the main reason is that the Ministry of Finance untimely provided subsidies from the Public budget. "In addition, as known, groundless checking-up was recorded in many regions involved in grain production, which took several months and did not bring to any result," said Abbasov.
According to the minister, this year 150-152,000 hectares less territories were sown for next year's harvesting. For the harvesting in 2009, 1,092,500 hectares were sown, which is 229,100 hectares more than 2008. Wheat-sown area this year was 202,600 hectares more than the past year.
In country average level of productivity of grain (excluding corn) per hectare was 25.9 metric centners.
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