By Nazrin Gadimova
Azerbaijan will begin deliveries of tinned goods to St. Petersburg, Russia, in mid-March 2016.
Being one of the largest sectors of Azerbaijan’s economy agriculture has great potential, which attracts both local and foreign entrepreneurs.
“The matter is a tinned production made in Azerbaijan - eggplant caviar, compotes, garnet juice, and tea,” Kachayev said. “At the same time we discuss prospects of deliveries of a quince and other agricultural products. The delegation has already visited Azersun Holding, leading enterprise of Azerbaijan, and tomorrow we are going to examine activity of Gilan Holding.”
Kachayev said the experts believe that Azerbaijani goods will enjoy wide popularity because it is qualitative and time-proved. Now representatives of X5 Retail Group conduct negotiations on year-round deliveries.
The Azerbaijani entrepreneurs are also interested to acquire production in rubles to minimize currency risks.
Being a leading Russian food retailer, X5 Retail Group N.V. operates several retail formats, including economy class stores under the Pyaterochka brand, the supermarket chain under the Perekrestok brand, the hypermarket chain under the Karusel brand and other convenient stores under different brands.
Russia showed a special interest for the Azerbaijani agricultural products after introduction of western sanction over Ukraine crisis in late 2014.
Earlier, Azerbaijan also voiced plans to create national agricultural centers in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and other regions of Russia.
Azerbaijan has a good chance to gain a foothold in the Russian consumer market by increasing the supply of fruit and vegetable products and expanding the construction of modern greenhouses there.
Though high quality Azerbaijani products have been in demand in neighboring countries, the country did not previously have the capacity to export these products in large quantities.
In this period, livestock production increased by 2.4 percent and crops by 10.7 percent. In this period the country produced 385,100 tons of meat in live weight, 1.63 million tons of milk, 1.29 billion eggs and 16,800 tons of wool.
With further development of the production of the high quality agricultural goods, Azerbaijan will be able not only increase the supply to Russia, but also enter markets in Eastern Europe.
Nazrin Gadimova is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @NazrinGadimova
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