Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 30
By Matanat Nasibova - Trend:
The Ministry of Agriculture of Azerbaijan plans to increase employment of people through implementation of the new AMAL project (Agriculture Employment Enhancement Project), Deputy Minister of Agriculture of Azerbaijan Ilhama Gadimova said at the presentation of the project Oct. 30.
"A program for young farmers and a vocational agriculture education program are envisaged within the project," Gadimova said.
Gadimova noted that according to estimates of the ministry, this project will significantly improve the agricultural employment and will stimulate the opening of new jobs.
She stressed that the state policy is aimed at providing employment of people in the agriculture sector, as well as expanding the capabilities of young people in this area.
"The economic reforms carried out in Azerbaijan in recent years have had a positive impact on the development of the entire non-oil sector, including the agrarian sector, where institutional changes have taken place. Food safety remains one of the top priorities for the state, and tremendous work, primarily aimed at meeting domestic demands as well as increasing export deliveries that meet quality standards, is being implemented in this area," the deputy minister said.
In turn, Mirza Aliyev, the Head of the State Service on Management of Agricultural Projects and Credits under the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Azerbaijan, speaking of the AMAL project, noted that the idea of its development originated in April.
"We initially set out to create an innovative approach to expanding the farming sector in the regions and villages. The project will be implemented in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Together with it, we have worked through all the issues that are directly related to increasing the interest of young people in farming production,” he said.
Aliyev noted that the project has three objectives: promotion and development of green technologies, the formation of vocational education in the agricultural sector and the development of the business environment in the regions.
"We intend to implement a pilot project in the regions and we hope that this project will significantly improve the social situation of the residents in the regions by expanding the farming capabilities among local youth," he said.