Review of agriculture in Azerbaijan (January-February 2012)

The agricultural enterprises, private entrepreneurs, households have begun spring field work in most Azerbaijani regions. Agro-technical operations are being held at the fields. The necessary agricultural equipment is being ensured. According to the Azerbaijani Statistics Committee, despite the unfavorable weather conditions for planting, as of March 1, 2012 spring crops were planted in the territory of 35,600 hectares, or 4 percent less than in January and February last year.

In particular, the area under sunflower crop has sharply reduced by 33.3 percent this year. According to the Azerbaijani Statistics Committee, cereals and leguminous plants were sown on 1,809 hectares in January-February 2012 compared to 1,825 hectares in 2011. The area under potato crops hit 10.691 hectares in 2012 compared to 11,408 hectares in 2011 (-6.3 percent). Moreover, the area under vegetable crops has decreased by 4 percent this year. Thus, the area under vegetable crops in 2012 amounted to 5,345 hectares compared to 5,565 hectares in 2011.

Sowing of spring plants in Azerbaijani agriculture, hectare

2012

2011

2012/2011, %

Planted in total

35567

37032

96,0

Including cereals

1809

1825

99,1

- oats

491

367

133,8

Sunflower

10

15

66,7

potato

10691

11408

93,7

Sugar beet (for processing)

6

vegetables

5345

5565

96,0

Melons, watermelons

10

11

90,9

Annual plants

50

Permanent grasses

17646

18198

97,0

source: Azerbaijani Statistics Committee

About 67,700 tons of meat, 244,100 tons of milk, 181.1 million eggs were produced in the republic in Jan-Feb.

Meat production increased by 2.3 percent, milk - by 2.8 percent, eggs - by 6.6 percent compared to the same period of 2011.

Production of main livestock products, thousand tons

Products

Jan.-Feb. 2012

Jan.-Feb. 2011

Compared to Jan.-Feb. 2011, %

Meat in live weight

67,665

66,175

102,3

Milk

244,118

237,356

102,8

Eggs (1,000 pieces)

181,064

169,826

106,6

Source: State Statistics Committee

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree in February to provide agricultural producers with breed animals.

According to the decree, about 10 million manat envisaged in the state budget-2012 should be allocated to "Agroleasing" company from the presidential reserve fund to increase cattle-breeding production in the country within the measures. These measures are aimed at ensuring food security in Azerbaijan, as well as developing livestock breeding to import breeding animals from abroad and sell them to agricultural producers engaged in animal husbandry through the lease with a 50-percent discount.

According to the official statistics, as of March 1, 2012 the total volume of production in the Azerbaijani agricultural sector amounted to 341.2 million manat compared to 322.8 million manat for the same period of 2011 with growth of 5.7 percent. In January-February 2012 the cost of agricultural production increased by 2.8 percent, vegetable and crop production increased by 4.3 percent, livestock - by 2.8 percent.

The actual cost of production in the fishing industry was 26,200 compared to 21,300 manat in January and February last year (+23 percent).

Factual prices on the products of the agricultural, forestry, fishery and hunting sectors in Azerbaijan in Jan.-Feb. 2012, in thousand manat

Jan.-Feb 2012

Jan.-Feb 2011

In total

341181,3

322845,2

Agriculture

341155,1

322823,9

Fishery

26,2

21,3

Source: State Statistics Committee

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