By Laman Ismayilova
Azerbaijan and Moldova have considered prospects of strengthening the cooperation in economic sectors, particularly in the agriculture as Moldova’s Deputy Foreign Minister Lilian Darii met with the relevant authorities in Baku.
The agricultural cooperation between the two countries was the key topic of talks between Azerbaijan’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture Ilham Guliyev and Lilian Darii, Azertac reported.
Guliyev highlighted Azerbaijan's large agricultural potential, noting that the country’s climate and environment are favorable for diverse, high-quality, ecologically clean agricultural and food products
He stressed that the state focuses on the development of agriculture in the country, in particular on loan credits for farmers and land entrepreneurs in the field of cotton-growing, tobacco-growing , cattle-breeding, etc.
The official also informed about the modern agricultural complexes being constructed in the last three years in Azerbaijan, re-establishment of agricultural departments in regions, measures for improvement of material logistics of livestock production, the region’s largest artificial insemination center in the country.
Guliyev invited the entrepreneurs of Moldova to take part at the agricultural exhibition due in May in Azerbaijan.
Darii, in turn, said his country attaches due importance to cooperation in the field of agriculture, adding that both countries should seek ways to coordinate business opportunities, especially in wine-growing.
Azerbaijan’s the trade turnover with Moldova amounted to $3.75 million in January-November 2016, some 3.25 million of which fell for imports from that country, according to the Azerbaijani State Customs Committee.
The number of exported products will increase between the two countries, as this year Azerbaijan will export horseflesh to Moldova.
Earlier, Moldovan Deputy Prime Minister Pavel Filip, during his meeting with Azerbaijani Ambassador Qudsi Osmanov, said that Moldova is open to deepen mutually beneficial cooperation with Azerbaijan.
Filip also noted the importance of revival of activities of the intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation, as well as holding the forum with participation of the two countries’ businessmen.
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