By Amina Nazarli
ADA University, an important educational and training institution in the country, is launching a new Master's program in the field of agricultural management.
Rector of ADA University Hafiz Pashayev made the remark on Tuesday as part of a conference organized at the university on the topic "Strategic perspective on agriculture: competition, food safety and social aspects".
Beginning this September the university launches a two-year program, which will train 25 students.
"The program is supported by the Agriculture Ministry. The ministry sees those voids that are now present in the country’s agriculture. In the modern world there is a need for new professional staff, who would work for the future of this industry in the country. I believe that the program will be helpful," the rector emphasized.
ADA University has a specific interest in the agricultural industry, and the university together with the Maastricht School of Management is successfully implementing a joint program to issue two diplomas, according to Pashayev.
"Two graduates have been certified for this program. We see that the field of agriculture has great potential," he said.
Recently, Labor Minister Salim Muslimov said that Azerbaijan has a shortage of personnel for the majority of working specialties. He noted that after the Soviet period, laborer lost popularity in the country.
“In recent years we have witnessed the rapid development of agriculture in the country. But we do not have or do not have enough working capacity to engage in agriculture.
Availability of even single tractor-driver is a source of happiness in far-away regions,: he said.
At present, Azerbaijan gives impetus to the development of industries such as tobacco, cotton and silk, Samilov added, stressing that it’s necessary to grow a qualified specialists for these industries.
Earlier, French Ambassador to Azerbaijan Aurelia Boucher said that the French Development Agency (AFD) has already affected 112.5 million euros for transport in Azerbaijan, adding that the agency could spend the same amount and even more for agriculture support.
France shares its experience with Azerbaijan in agricultural sector, in particular for the modernization of animal health and epidemiological service.
“We continue to cooperate in this area and strengthen it thanks to the attention that the government attaches to agriculture,” she said.
Head of the EU delegation to Azerbaijan Malena Mard, in turn, called education as one of the important issues. Mard noted that the EU works jointly with the Agriculture Ministry and the ADA University to improve the training level of the agriculture specialists.
Enjoying advantageous geographic location Azerbaijan has all opportunities to increase food security and production in the country.
The country achieved 6.6-percent growth in the volume of agricultural production in 2015. The agricultural sector is important in Azerbaijan not only to increase export potential, but also to restore and protect the country’s food security.