AIC calls to reduce cost of tobacco in Azerbaijan (UPDATE)

Business Materials 7 February 2018 16:56 (UTC +04:00)

Details added (first version posted on 14:01)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 7

By Anvar Mammadov - Trend:

The cost per hectare to produce tobacco in Azerbaijan is higher than in the neighboring countries, Kamran Nabizade, director general of the Azerbaijan Industrial Corporation, said at the corporation’s meeting on Feb. 7.

“It is necessary to reduce the cost of tobacco per hectare,” he noted “The cost exceeds 2,300 manats in Azerbaijan, whereas in Turkey it amounts to $800.”

In turn, Fazil Rustamov, director of Intertobacco CJSC, explained the reasons for the high cost of tobacco in Azerbaijan.

“Unlike other spheres, manual labor is widely used in tobacco production, and this leads to high production costs,” Rustamov said. “In order to reduce the cost, it is necessary to mechanize a part of tobacco production, and we are working in this direction.”

According to Azerbaijan’s State Statistics Committee, 5,210 tons of tobacco were produced in Azerbaijan in 2017, which is 45.4 percent more than in 2016.