Cot­ton pro­cess­ing plants to ap­pear

Azer News - - Nation - By Ab­dul Ker­imkhanov

The plants for cot­ton pro­cess­ing, pro­duc­tion of cot­ton­seed oil and fiber­less cot­ton seeds will be launched in Ujar re­gion of Azer­bai­jan as part of mea­sures taken to strengthen the pro­cess­ing in­dus­try, the ar­ti­cle of the Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture Inam Ka­ri­mov, pub­lished in the of­fi­cial press, said.

Tar­geted mea­sures taken in the cot­ton in­dus­try will in­crease crop yields and re­turn tra­di­tional fame to this sphere.

"The open­ing of the plants will make an im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of this sphere, and will al­low for sat­is­fy­ing the need for fiber­less cot­ton seeds by means of lo­cal pro­duc­tion," Ka­ri­mov noted.

The min­is­ter noted that the cur­rent stage of agrar­ian re­forms can be char­ac­ter­ized as a turn­ing point in terms of the de­vel­op­ment of tra­di­tional spheres.

He added that wi­ithin the frame­work of the adopted State pro­grams, mea­sures for the de­vel­op­ment of such ar­eas as cot­ton grow­ing, to­bacco grow­ing, rice grow­ing, co­coon grow­ing, tea grow­ing, viti­cul­ture and cit­rus pro­duc­tion were car­ried out sys­tem­at­i­cally.

As a re­sult, by en­sur­ing a high level of added value and cre­at­ing ad­di­tional jobs in ru­ral ar­eas, it was pos­si­ble to achieve pos­i­tive dy­nam­ics in the de­vel­op­ment of ex­port-ori­ented in­dus­trial-pur­pose sec­tors, the min­is­ter con­cluded.

These mea­sures will not only make an im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of the in­dus­try in the coun­try, but will also en­sure the de­mand for lo­cally pro­duced fiber­less cot­ton seeds.

Due to the large-scale agrar­ian re­forms car­ried out in Azer­bai­jan, growth rates in agri­cul­ture are dis­tin­guished by sta­bil­ity. Real growth in agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion in 20032017 as a whole amounted to 166.4 per­cent, in­clud­ing in the field of crop pro­duc­tion - 156.7 per­cent, and in the live­stock in­dus­try - 177.8 per­cent. Over the years, the real growth of the agri­cul­tural sec­tor in Azer­bai­jan was above the world av­er­age, ac­cord­ing to the World Bank.

The trend of dy­namic de­vel­op­ment in the field of agri­cul­ture con­tin­ued in the cur­rent year; for the first nine months, the to­tal vol­ume of agri­cul­tural prod­ucts in­creased by 4.3 per­cent com­pared to the cor­re­spond­ing pe­riod last year, in­clud­ing crop pro­duc­tion - by 5.8 per­cent, and pro­duc­tion of live­stock prod­ucts - by 2.7 times.

The cot­ton in­dus­try, which was once the tra­di­tional branch of agri­cul­ture in Azer­bai­jan, is ef­fec­tively re­viv­ing to­day.

Cot­ton pro­duc­tion is most de­vel­oped in Saatli (25,437 tons), Bi­la­su­var (24,234 tons), Barda (21,552 tons), Agh­jabadi (19,555 tons) and Sabirabad (17,608 tons).

In early 2017, the State Pro­gram for 2017-2022 was ap­proved with an aim of strength­en­ing mea­sures di­rected at de­vel­op­ing this sphere. The pur­pose of the State Pro­gram is to de­velop cot­ton grow­ing, in­crease ex­port po­ten­tial in this sphere, en­sure em­ploy­ment of the ru­ral pop­u­la­tion and in­crease the pro­duc­tion of cot­ton.

The new goal of the state is to bring the cot­ton pro­duc­tion up to 500,000 tons by 2022 from the cur­rent 260,000 tons.

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