Tea plantations in Azerbaijan’s Zagatala may disappear
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 23
By Huseyn Veliyev - Trend:
Tea plantations in Azerbaijan’s Zagatala district are under the threat of extinction due to the lack of proper irrigation systems, Abdulnahid Shabanov, director of Zagatala Chay LLC, told Trend Jan. 23.
He said due to this, production volumes are reduced, not counting the fact that the plantations themselves must also be rejuvenated.
"We appealed to the relevant authorities in Baku, however, the artesian water that was proposed to us isn’t quite suitable for irrigating crops," he noted. "In order to create modern irrigation systems, multi-million investments are needed, and farmers don’t have such funds. This is the main problem that may cause disappearance of tea plantations."
Last year, the company managed to collect about five tons of harvest, which, of course, is almost 1.5 tons more than in 2017, Shabanov said.
"However, this indicator cannot be called a special achievement, since this was mainly achieved due to rainy weather," he added. "If the irrigation system is built properly, it will be possible to harvest up to 20 tons. In general, the yield is decreasing."
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