Azerbaijan: Pomegranate production to increase

Azerbaijan exports pomegranates to several European countries. In 2017, 156,000 tons of pomegranates were produced in Azerbaijan, and in 2018 - 170,000 tons. Now the head of the Association of Producers and Exporters of Pomegranate, Farhad Garashov, the production of pomegranates in Azerbaijan will increase by seven to ten percent in 2019.

As the head of the Association said, 15 enterprises engaged in the production of products from pomegranates, during 2018, processed 60,000-70,000 tons of pomegranates.

Touching upon the issue of export, the head of the Association noted that this year growth is expected to reach 12,000-15,000 tons of products delivered to foreign markets. For comparison, the indicator of exports in 2018 compared with 2017 increased by 22 percent to 10,000 tons.

Garashov noted that according to a decree of President Ilham Aliyev, the Ministry of Agriculture prepared a number of state programs in the field of rural infrastructure and social sector development, which are expected to be implemented in the next five years.

Azernews.az relates how Garashov expressed the hope of increasing government subsidies, which will accelerate the growth of agricultural development. In particular, the territory of pomegranate gardens in Azerbaijan is expected to expand to 28,000 hectares, which is 21.7 percent more than the current figure.


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