Agriculture in Azerbaijan (January-October 2015 )

The agricultural production volume in actual prices amounted to 5.12 billion manat in Azerbaijan in January-October 2015 or by 6.7 percent more compared to the same period of last year.

In particular, the crop production volume amounted to 2.740 billion manat, while cattle breeding volume - 2.382 billion manat

According to the Azerbaijani State Statistics Committee's report as of eight months, during this period the livestock production increased by 2.4 percent, crop production - by 10.7 percent.

The country has almost finished collecting the main plant products. As of November 1, 2015, some 2.79 million tons of grain were collected from a 915,200-hectare-territory in Azerbaijan, which is 27.8 percent more than in the same period of 2014. On average, some 30.4 centners of products were collected from each hectare. In general, the yield increased by 7.6 centners.

The corn productivity also increased. Thus, the average yield per hectare increased by 7.7 centners and reached 59.9 centners compared to the same period of last year. Some 205,700 tons of corn were collected from a 34,300-hectare-territory (94.2 percent of the total cultivated area).

Some 827,600 tons of potatoes, 1.23 million tons of vegetables, 483,500 tons of melons were collected during this period. This is by 1, 5.7 and 9.7 percent more than in the same period of last year.

Some 714,800 tons of fruits and berries, 142,300 tons of grapes, 557.9 tons of tea and 3,300 tons of tobacco were collected in January-October 2015, or 2, 3.5, 27.9 and 22.8 percent more than in the same period of 2014. Some 18,800 tons of sunflower were collected during the reporting period, which is 7.39 percent less than in the same period of last year.

2015

2014

Collected from the sown area, thousand ha

%

Harvested crop, thousand ha

Yield, quintal/ha

Collected from the sown area, thousand ha

Harvested crop, thousand ha

Yield, quintal/ha

grain (without corn)

915,2

100

2785,1

30,4

954,8

2178,8

22,8

corn

34,3

94,2

205,7

59,9

35,0

183,0

52,2

sunflower

10,7

100

18,8

17,6

11,7

20,3

17,3

cotton

18,8

27,0

22,9

34,9

Tobacco

1,4

3,3

1,1

2,7

Sugar beet (for processing)

3,7

75,2

140,7

380

3,0

82,5

273

potato

61,0

100

827,6

136

61,7

819,3

133

vegetables

76,7

99,5

1234,0

161

75,7

1167,9

154

melons and gourds

27,8

100

483,5

174

28,0

440,8

157

fruits

714,8

701,0

grape

142,3

137,5

Green tea, tons

557,9

436,2

Source: State Statistics Committee

Some 716,400 hectares were plowed for winter crops. The grain was sown at 325,900 hectares of land, of which 168,500 hectares or 51.7 percent of wheat, 157,400 hectares or 48.3 percent - barley.

During the reporting period, the country produced 385,100 tons of meat in live weight, 1.63 million tons of milk, 1.29 billion eggs and 16,800 tons of wool. The meat production increased by 1.8 percent, milk - by 3.8 percent, wool - by 1.4 percent, egg production decreased by 0.7 percent in the country during this period compared to January-October 2014.

The egg production decreased in the country due to the decline in egg production at large poultry farms. As a result of the rise in price on feed and medicine for chickens, old chickens were replaced by young ones at some poultry farms. Some poultry farms completely reoriented to produce only chicken meat. As a result, the share of agricultural enterprises producing eggs decreased from 44.4 percent to 40 percent.

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