Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Azerbaijan
INSTITUTE for SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH on ECONOMIC REFORMS
«ORGANIC AGRICULTURE» TEXTBOOK
A quote from the speech of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mr.Ilham ALIYEV delivered at the conference dedicated to discuss the results of the 1st year of the State Program titled “Socio-economic development of the regions of the Republic of Azerbaijan between 2009-2013:
«… We have to access European markets with quality products and relevant standards. In order to achieve this modernization, technological renewal should be underway. Agricultural production in its best cultural form should be created. Lots of activities have been undertaken. However, a lot more has yet to be undertaken in order to fully mobilize our resources...»
Obviously, the head of the state’s instruction to increase export through preservation of Azerbaijan’s agricultural tradition and effective use of potential is first of all oriented towards long term development of agriculture in the regions and accessing new foreign markets.
Accordingly, the Institution has initiated research on comprehensive development of agriculture emphasizing the significant role of the development of organic agriculture.
The Institution has studied added value of organic agriculture in Azerbaijan’s non-oil sector, increased income of farmers in the regions, as well as the capacity and development perspectives of export advantages and labor intensiveness compared to traditional agriculture.
With the support available from the TURKISH COOPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (TIKA) the Institution implemented a research project titled “TURKISH EXPERIENCE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF ORGANIC AGRICULTURE IN AZERBAIJAN AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF INTERAGENCY COOPERATION” between 2011-2012.
As part of the research project, Turkish experience was learnt which is considered one of the progressive ones, SWOT analysis was carried out together with Turkish experts, discussions were held, draft plan and projects were prepared.
The issue of awareness raising was said to be one of the greatest obstacles in the promotion of organic agriculture in the country. As part of the initial awareness raising a supplementary textbook was prepared for the secondary schools.
The textbook titled “ORGANIC AGRICULTURE for FUTURE GENERATIONS” was recommended for secondary school classes under the order of the minister of education. The book was later presented at Azerbaijani European School on 7 April 2014.
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