Azerbaijan, Baku, July 14 / Trend U. Ismayilova /
The cost of agricultural goods at stable prices amounted to 1,306 billion manat in the first half, resulting in benefits provided to producers of agricultural products, in accordance with the order of the Azerbaijani President "State support to agricultural producers", Agriculture Minister Ismet Abbasov said at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers, AzerTaj state news agency reported.
"Cereals and legumes were sowed in the territory of 950,000 hectares, of which 674.600 hectares accounted for wheat," minister said.
He said that as of July 12, about 802.700 hectares of land (84 percent) were sowed and as a result 1.594 million tons of cereals and legumes were produced.
JSC Aqrolizinq through the Ministry set up special headquarters, as well as "hot line" to carry out an organized campaign to collect grain. Aqrolizinq uses in general 3,110 of modern harvesters for grain harvest, which is 236 units more than last year to effectively collect grain, he said.
Abbasov also said that despite bad weather conditions, about 680 tons of fruits and berries in the territory of 99,000 hectares of land are planned to collect. Potato was planted on the territory of 66,000 hectares of land, melon - in the territory of 32,500 hectares of land, which is 1.300 hectares more than last year. Vegetables were planted in 81,100 hectares (1,200 hectares more than last year). About 450 tons of green tea are planned to be planted this year.
On July 14, the official exchange rate is 0.8037 manat to $1.