Ex­port of pomegranate prod­ucts ex­pected to grow

Azer News - - Business - By Sara Is­rafil­bay­ova

Pomegranate, con­sid­ered the king of fruits from the ear­li­est of times, is one of the most fa­vorite fruits of Azer­bai­ja­nis.

The sym­bol of Azerbaijan, which is al­ready ex­ported to dif­fer­ent parts of the world, is ex­pect­ing to ap­pear in more courtiers, since the coun­try will en­hance ex­ports of pomegranate.

Chair­man of the Azerbaijan Pomegranate Pro­duc­ers and Ex­porters As­so­ci­a­tion Farhad Garashov said that Azerbaijan plans to in­crease the ex­port of fruit and prod­ucts de­rived from it in the com­ing years.

“The fig­ures are grow­ing from year to year. From Oc­to­ber 2017 to March this year, ex­ports of both pomegranate and prod­ucts made of it val­ued $12 mil­lion. Usu­ally the har­vest of pomegranate be­gins in Oc­to­ber. With proper stor­age, the prod­uct is kept un­til March,” he told Trend.

The chair­man of the as­so­ci­a­tion noted that to­day the prod­ucts made of pomegranates of Azer­bai­jani ori­gin are ex­ported to many coun­tries, in­clud­ing Aus­tralia, Canada and Rus­sia.

“As for the pomegranate it­self, to­day it is mainly ex­ported to Rus­sia. Our goal is to ex­pand the ge­og­ra­phy of sup­plies, in par­tic­u­lar to es­tab­lish ex­ports to Europe and North Amer­ica,” he said.

Garashov also said that in 2017, pro­cess­ing en­ter­prises in Azerbaijan pur­chased about 20,000 tons of pomegranate from lo­cal farm­ers for pro­duc­tion of juices, nar­sharab (pomegranate syrup) and other prod­ucts.

Mean­while, Azerbaijan plans to be­gin con­struc­tion of a large com­plex for the pro­duc­tion of pomegranate prod­ucts in 2019

Com­ment­ing on this Garashov said that sev­eral mem­bers of the as­so­ci­a­tion have al­ready pre­pared a busi­ness plan.

“To com­pile it, for­eign con­sult­ing and au­dit com­pa­nies were in­volved. The busi­ness plan is sub­mit­ted to the Min­istry of Econ­omy of Azerbaijan, and we ex­pect a pos­i­tive re­sponse. The project can be fi­nanced through the Na­tional En­trepreneur­ship Sup­port Fund,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to the chair­man of the As­so­ci­a­tion, the com­plex can be built in one of the in­dus­trial parks of Azerbaijan.

“It is planned that the com­plex will con­sist of four en­ter­prises for the pro­duc­tion of pomegranate juice, con­cen­trate, pro­cess­ing of pomegranate peels and seeds. The to­tal cost of the com­plex, ac­cord­ing to the busi­ness plan is 25 mil­lion manat. Con­struc­tion is sched­uled to be­gin in 2019, com­pleted by 2021,” said the chair­man.

In gen­eral, ac­cord­ing to Garashov, an im­por­tant task is to in­crease the types of prod­ucts ob­tained from pomegranate.

“This will help in­crease the ex­port po­ten­tial in this area. From a pomegranate it is pos­si­ble to re­ceive juices, al­co­holic drinks, and nar­charab. Pomegranate rind as well as oil from its seeds are used in cos­me­tol­ogy, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal pro­duc­tion. That is, it is a non-waste prod­uct,” he said.

The Azerbaijan Pomegranate Pro­duc­ers and Ex­porters As­so­ci­a­tion was es­tab­lished on Oc­to­ber 31, 2016. To­day it brings to­gether 26 mem­bers.

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