By Nigar Abbasova
Association of vegetable and fruit producers and exporters has been established in Azerbaijan, the country’s Economy Ministry reported.
The Association was established on the initiative of the Economy Ministry and with the support of the National Confederation of Entrepreneurs (ASK).
ASK will render its assistance to coordinate actions of producers and exporters of fruit and vegetable products, increase output as well as expand export potential of the country in this field.
The decision on the creation of the association was taken during the meeting held in the Guba-Khachmaz regional development centre on August 16. Representatives of leading companies, engaged in the production and export of fruit and vegetable products participated in the meeting.
Bashir Guliyev, the head of the Zire greenhouse complex, was selected a chairman of the association.
Deputy Economy Minister Sahib Mamedov, addressing the meeting, gave thorough information about measures taken within the framework of the economic reforms, carried out in the country. He underlined that the development of entrepreneurship in the country is one of the issues on top priority of the economic policy, pursued in the country.
The country aims to reduce its dependence on oil revenues and diversify economy, therefore it is working to create a more attractive business environment, and become more alluring for foreign investments.
A number of economic reforms have been recently introduced in the country in this regards. The reforms seek to stimulate business development in the country by introducing new privileges for entrepreneurs.
Being considered one of the most important sectors of the economy, the agriculture field provides goods not only for the local market, but also for neighboring markets where fresh fruit and vegetables are in great demand.
The fertile lands, abundance of water and climatic diversity create favorable conditions for a strong agricultural sector in the country and allow growing a wide range of fruit and vegetables, such as apples, pears, quinces, pomegranates, oranges, tomatoes, cucumbers, and eggplants.
The country seeks to further develop its agriculture and food industry both for import substitution and export.
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