Azerbaijani state committee: Lands must be consolidated for their efficient us
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 20 / Trend A.Akhundov/
Small farms should be integrated into large for more efficient use of land in Azerbaijan, head of the Azerbaijani State Committee for Land and Cartography Garib Mammadov said on Saturday.
"Earlier, the lands were owned by state in Azerbaijan, which allowed applying new technologies and carrying out more effective work on land use in the large areas. However, subsequently the lands were transferred to the rural people," Mammadov added.
He said the practice to unite the small land plots into large is widely used in the world, as it allows for proper control over them. "This is one of the ways of effective use of lands, which is appropriate, including from the technical point of view - in terms of new equipment, method of fertilizing and construction of reservoirs," Mammadov said.
Three forms of land ownership - public, private and municipal have been defined in Azerbaijan following the land reform in 1995
Of the total area of Azerbaijan (8,641,506 hectares), 56.9 percent (4,913,639 acres) is owned by state, 23.5 percent (2,032,744 acres) - municipalities and 19.6 percent (1,695,123 hectares) - private.
There were eliminated 2,032 state and collective farms, whose lands were distributed to 870,832 families (3.4 million subjects) during the first phase of land reform initiated by the State Committee for Land and Cartography.