Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 31 / Trend A.Akhundov /
The natural disaster caused by increased water levels in the Kur and Araz Rivers in spring damaged more than 67,000 hectares of cultivated areas, Azerbaijani Agriculture Minister Ismat Abbasov said in his article published by the governmental press service.
"The heavy rains have led to floods in the Kur and Araz Rivers, which has caused a great damage to the country's agriculture, as well as many social and public facilities. The natural disaster damaged 67,731 hectares of cultivated areas, including 26,225 hectares of winter grains, 4,000 hectares of cotton, 22,838 hectares of perennial grasses and other plants," Abbasov said.
He said the professionals and entrepreneurs have carried out works to cultivate the land in a short period of time.
"The government provided fertilizers and agro-technical service through the state leasing company Aqrolizinq, and the work on sowing of spring crops has been accelerated and enlarged," he said.
Abbasov said the Cabinet of Ministers made a decision to allocate additional funds for the activities on chemical protection of the plant in the affected areas.
"Activities on chemical protection of the plant have been carried out on 22,000 hectares in the affected areas through the use of 880 kilograms of zinc phosphide, 560 liters of drug siraks and 1,680 liters of drug fosfak," he said.
The total production in crop production reduced by 9.2 percent in January-September 2010 compared to same period of last year in Azerbaijan. The total agricultural production in January-September as a whole reduced by 3.4 percent, the Azerbaijani State Statistics Committee said.
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