Azerbaijan, Baku, July 16 / Trend A. Akhundov /
In January-June 2011, the agricultural production increased by 6.2 percent in Azerbaijan, including crop production - by 8.3 percent, livestock production - by 4.8 percent, the State Statistics Committee said.
Spring field work is nearing to end in June, and as of June 22, spring sowing was carried out in the area of 397,297 hectares in Azerbaijan.
Sown area increased by 5.8 percent or 21,643 hectares in Azerbaijan in 2011.
By June 22 potatoes were planted in an area of 65,145 hectares (1.4 percent), vegetables - 33,195 hectares (0.4 percent), cotton seed - 42,828 hectares (40.6-percent), melons - 33,195 hectares (2.2 percent), tobacco - 1,435 hectares (6.2-percent), sugar beet - 7,315 hectares (15 percent), persistent herbs - 83,224 hectares (6.4 percent), summer herbs - 4,608 hectares (51 percent), forage crops - 168 hectares (11.1 percent).
Grain and legumes (excluding maize) were planted in an area of 29.659 hectares compared to 31.242 over the same period of 2010. The decline was 5.1 percent.
Wild oats were planted in an area of 1,745 hectares (5.8 percent-increase), maize - 34,262 hectares (12.2 percent-increase), sunflower - 10,823 hectares (21.5 times).
Sown area of wheat in the country declined by 51.4 percent per year. By June 22, 2011 wheat was sown in an area of 268 hectares, whereas last year - an area of 551 hectares.
About 1.192 million tons were collected.
"The average grain yield increased by 3.9 tons per hectare and reached 24.5 quintal / hectare,"the committee said.