Coun­try needs to in­crease pome­gran­ate yield

Azer News - - Nation - By Sara Is­rafil­bay­ova

Azer­bai­jan needs to in­crease the yield of pome­gran­ate, Vice-Pres­i­dent of the Azer­bai­jan Ex­port and In­vest­ment Pro­mo­tion Foun­da­tion (AZPROMO) Yusif Ab­dul­layev said at an event on June 4.

“There is a po­ten­tial in this area. For ex­am­ple, in Is­rael, pome­gran­ate is grown on the ter­ri­tory of just 200 hectares, and the yield is more than 60,000 tons, that is 35-40 tons per hectare. The yield should be raised in Azer­bai­jan. Farm­ers and pro­duc­ers should ac­tively ap­ply for sub­si­dies and ben­e­fits. Through the As­so­ci­a­tion, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of rel­e­vant state agen­cies should re­ceive in­for­ma­tion about the situation, in­clud­ing the ex­ist­ing short­com­ings,” Ab­dul­layev said.

In turn, Chair­man of the Azer­bai­jan Pome­gran­ate Pro­duc­ers and Ex­porters As­so­ci­a­tion Farhad Garashov noted that the pro­duc­ers of pome­gran­ate and prod­ucts made of it should in­crease the ex­port po­ten­tial in this area, by pro­duc­ing qual­ity prod­ucts.

“Ex­port fig­ures should be in­creased. I would like to note that prod­ucts made of Azer­bai­jani pome­gran­ate are al­ready ex­ported to var­i­ous coun­tries of the world - from Aus­tralia to Canada. These are pome­gran­ate juice, nar­sharab and other prod­ucts. How­ever, ex­porters of pome­gran­ate should not be limited only to the Rus­sian mar­ket,” Garashov said.

The Pome­gran­ate Pro­duc­ers and Ex­porters As­so­ci­a­tion was es­tab­lished on Oc­to­ber 31, 2016.

The As­so­ci­a­tion in­cludes more than 20 mem­bers.

The aim of the As­so­ci­a­tion is to pro­vide ser­vices and sup­port to farm­ers in­ter­ested in grow­ing pome­gran­ate, as well as pro­mot­ing the pome­gran­ate within the “Made in Azer­bai­jan” brand through­out the world.

The As­so­ci­a­tion reg­u­larly rep­re­sents pome­gran­ate in lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional mar­kets, strives for an even greater use of ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies in pro­duc­tion, the sup­ply of high-qual­ity raw ma­te­ri­als and the im­prove­ment of ex­ist­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Pome­gran­ate is one of the most nu­tri­tious fruits on earth. It con­tains a wide range of nu­tri­ents, un­sur­passed by other fruits. Many stud­ies have shown that they have in­cred­i­ble ben­e­fits for the body, and can re­duce the risk of all sorts of dis­eases.

The Azer­bai­jani pome­gran­ate has re­ceived world­wide recog­ni­tion as one of the best. The se­cret of the mag­nif­i­cent taste of Goy­chay pomegranates is a unique mi­cro­cli­mate and fer­tile soil. Pome­gran­ate con­tains from 8 to 19 per­cent of glu­cose and fruc­tose, from 3 to 7 per­cent cit­ric acid, a large num­ber of min­er­als, vi­ta­mins, fiber, and pec­tic sub­stances. This fruit is very rich in an­tiox­i­dants. Pome­gran­ate juice im­proves ap­petite, treats ane­mia and other dis­eases. In Azer­bai­jan pome­gran­ate is called the king of fruits.

A pome­gran­ate tree is spread all over the world, and Azer­bai­jan is the only coun­try where all va­ri­eties of this royal fruit grow. The cli­mate of Azer­bai­jan is sur­pris­ingly di­verse, and this is what fa­cil­i­tates the cul­ti­va­tion of all kinds of pome­gran­ate.

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