President Aliyev inaugurates new agcriculture projects in Hajigabul [UPDATE]
By Vafa Ismayilova
President Ilham Aliyev inaugurated several infrastructure and agriculture projects in Hajigabul district on April 20.
The president inaugurated the Hajigabul Industrial Estate and the Hajigabul-Mughan highway after renovation.
During the same visit, Aliyev viewed a local farmer's 10-hectare cotton field in Hajigabul's Meyniman village.
The head of state watched the process of starting cotton sowing in the field. He viewed farmer Elshan Khalilov’s 10-hectare cotton field in Meyniman village.
"Six years ago, when I enquired about this issue, cotton-growing was practically disappearing, only 30,000-35,000 tons were harvested. Last year, 336,000 tons were collected, which is 10 times more," the president said.
Aliyev was informed that all modern equipment in the field, that is tractors and combine harvesters had been produced in Azerbaijan on the basis of the most advanced technologies.
It was noted that in 2021, 300 hectares will be sown with cotton in Hajigabul. The procurement company has already signed corresponding contracts with 34 farmers and they have been provided with the necessary equipment and seeds.
Later, the president attended the presentation of the agro park owned by the Agro Dairy Limited Liability Company in Hajigabul region and also inaugurated a 110/35/10 Kv “Garasu” substation as well as Azersun Shamakhi Agropark in Hajigabul.
Azersun Shamakhi Agropark consists of 2 parts – sown areas and livestock complex.
Some 5,000-head of cattle are kept in the livestock complex. Wheat, barley, sugar beet, corn, alfalfa and various vegetables are grown on the agropark which occupies an area of 4,200 hectares. Two artificial lakes have been created here for irrigation.
During the inauguration, President Aliyev was informed that the company has been sharing its experience with others in Samukh region since 2020 on his instructions. An Agro Dairy LLC said that last October a training centre was built in Hajigabul and farmers were invited before the autumn sowing campaign and training sessions were held.
The head of the Council of Agronomists of Agro Dairy LLC Christoph Hartig said that he had visited liberated Aghdam and Fuzuli regions and noted the fertility of lands there. However, he said that some work needs to be done to improve the condition of the lands as the Armenians have brought them to a terrible state.
As part of the inauguration of the Hajigabul Industrial Estate, the president familiarized himself with the “Azərmaş” (Azerbaijani car) plant, which has a production capacity of 1,500 trucks and special purpose vehicles. Chairman of the Board of the Association of Manufacturers of Machinery and Equipment Emin Akhundov informed the president of the prices of the products (from $10,000 to $76,470) and said that the production is planned within one and a half months.
One of the enterprises established in the Hajigabul industrial estate is the plant to manufacture the “Elberg” construction materials equipment. This is the enterprise’s first experience in Azerbaijan. The head of state put the enterprise into operation.
President Aliyev said that industrial parks will also operate in the Karabakh zone.
"The Economy Ministry is currently working on this issue. Such enterprises must be created in the Karabakh zone so that we provide people with jobs and also make the most of the potential of this zone," Aliyev said.
The enterprise is capable of commissioning two factories on a turnkey basis within a year. Along with partially addressing the needs for production equipment and installations in the country, the launch of the enterprise will also generate export opportunities, Azertag reported.
Later, the head of state opened the “Uyusal Ambalaj” enterprise for the production of plastic water containers.
It was noted that the company plans to produce various-size 350,000 containers annually. The company, which has been operating in Azerbaijan for 15 years, will manufacture its products already in the Hajigabul Industrial Estate.
Another plant put into operation by the president during the inauguration of the Hajigabul Industrial Estate is the “Plasstech” plant, which is capable of producing 600-900 tons of light containers per year. The containers are in for the transportation and packaging of agricultural produce.
Aliyev also commissioned in the industrial estate the “AzAgromila” plant, which produces fertilizer. The enterprise will produce 600,000 tons of fertilizer annually.
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