Coun­try to in­crease em­ploy­ment in agri­cul­ture

Azer News - - Business - By Narmina Mam­madova

Azer­bai­jan, along with fer­tile land, has fa­vor­able cli­matic con­di­tions. This pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for the de­vel­op­ment of agri­cul­ture in the coun­try.

The Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture of Azer­bai­jan plans to in­crease em­ploy­ment through the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the new project "AMAL" ("Project to in­crease agri­cul­tural em­ploy­ment"), Deputy Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture of Azer­bai­jan Il­hama Gadi­mova stated at the pre­sen­ta­tion of the project on Oc­to­ber 30.

“The project pro­vides for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a pro­gram for young farm­ers and a vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram in the field of agri­cul­ture,” Gadi­mova said.

She noted that ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry, this project will sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove the level of agri­cul­tural em­ploy­ment and stim­u­late the open­ing of new jobs. The state pol­icy is aimed at pro­vid­ing em­ploy­ment in the agri­cul­tural sec­tor, as well as ex­pand­ing the po­ten­tial of young peo­ple in this di­rec­tion.

“The eco­nomic re­forms car­ried out in Azer­bai­jan in re­cent years have had a pos­i­tive im­pact on the de­vel­op­ment of the en­tire non-oil sec­tor, in­clud­ing in the agrar­ian sec­tor, where in­sti­tu­tional changes have taken place. En­sur­ing food safety re­mains one of the top pri­or­i­ties fac­ing the state. A lot of work, which is pri­mar­ily aimed at meet­ing do­mes­tic de­mand, as well as in­creas­ing the vol­ume of ex­port sup­plies that meet qual­ity stan­dards, is be­ing done in this di­rec­tion,” the Deputy Min­is­ter said.

One of the main goals of the Agri­cul­ture Em­ploy­ment En­hance­ment Project (AMAL) is to help im­ple­ment busi­ness ideas of young peo­ple liv­ing in the Azer­bai­jani dis­tricts and will­ing to work in the agri­cul­ture sec­tor, Deputy Min­is­ter of Labor and So­cial Pro­tec­tion of the Pop­u­la­tion Idris Isayev said at the pre­sen­ta­tion of the project.

He said that one of the main in­di­ca­tors for as­sess­ing the de­vel­op­ment of any state is the level of em­ploy­ment of its pop­u­la­tion, adding that much work is be­ing done by the state agen­cies in this di­rec­tion.

“It is no co­in­ci­dence that Azer­bai­jan, as part of the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals (SDGs), is im­ple­ment­ing re­forms in the lead­ing sec­tors of the econ­omy, and es­pe­cially in agri­cul­ture,” he noted. “The well-thought pol­icy of Azer­bai­jan’s lead­er­ship made it pos­si­ble for us to achieve sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, and this trend is ob­served in the small and medi­um­sized en­trepreneur­ship and in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of in­fra­struc­ture projects. All this con­trib­uted to im­prov­ing liv­ing stan­dards and well-be­ing, as well as re­duc­ing un­em­ploy­ment and in­creas­ing em­ploy­ment of the pop­u­la­tion.”

He stressed that en­sur­ing em­ploy­ment of young peo­ple re­mains a pri­or­ity task of the state pol­icy, and in­ten­sive work is be­ing con­ducted in this di­rec­tion, in par­tic­u­lar, by the Min­istry of Labor and So­cial Pro­tec­tion of the Pop­u­la­tion. In par­tic­u­lar, he re­minded that the min­istry is im­ple­ment­ing a project on self-em­ploy­ment, which in­volves 7,800 peo­ple.

Isayev also pro­posed to im­ple­ment sim­i­lar projects like AMAL in other sec­tors of the econ­omy as well.

He be­lieves that this would make it pos­si­ble to min­i­mize the risks that ad­versely af­fect the econ­omy.

Azer­bai­jan, which is keen to di­ver­sify its econ­omy on the ba­sis of fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of the nonoil sec­tor, de­fines agri­cul­ture as one the main di­rec­tions.

Very se­ri­ous steps are be­ing taken in connection with the de­vel­op­ment of agri­cul­ture.

In the first nine months of this year, growth in agri­cul­ture was 4.3 per­cent. Planned work is car­ried out in all ar­eas of agri­cul­ture, and thus the tra­di­tional branches of agri­cul­ture are re­stored — cot­ton grow­ing, viti­cul­ture, to­bacco grow­ing, fod­der breed­ing, co­coon farm­ing, veg­etable grow­ing, and other spheres.

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