Baku, Azerbaijan, June 6
By Azad Hasanli - Trend:
The European Union is one of the largest creditors of Azerbaijan's agriculture sector, head of the EU delegation to Azerbaijan, Malena Mard told reporters June 6 in Baku.
She said the EU is implementing a number of projects in this sphere, in particular, a joint project worth 40 million euros with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
Moreover, she noted, the EU works with Azerbaijan's Ministry of Agriculture for the development of an electronic agriculture system and a land information system.
Mard said that another important issue is education, adding that the EU works jointly with the Agriculture Ministry and the ADA University to improve the training level of the agriculture specialists.
She went on to add that the EU is also implementing a twinning project aimed at developing the veterinary service in Azerbaijan.
Ambassador of France to Azerbaijan Aurelia Bouchez, in turn, said the project is being implemented jointly with France and Spain.
France wants to bring the highest standards of veterinary medicine to Azerbaijan, noted Bouchez.
She added that France also helps Azerbaijan with financial support mechanisms.
France has already allocated more than 100 million euros to Azerbaijan and wants to expand the financing of the agriculture sector, added the ambassador.
Bouchez noted that under the current economic conditions, when the role of agriculture in Azerbaijan's economy is increasing, France is interested in expanding its cooperation in this area.
France is ready to share its experience with Azerbaijan in the animal husbandry, artificial insemination, seed growing and wine-growing, added the envoy.
Meanwhile, said Bouchez, France is interested in establishing cooperation between the French Academy of Agriculture and Azerbaijan's specialized educational institutions, and plans to organize a visit of a delegation of French professors to the country and start the exchange of experience between the two countries' students.
She noted that France intends to become one of Azerbaijan's main partners in the development of agriculture.