THE DEPUTY MINISTER SEYFADDIN TALIBOV MET DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF COMMERCE FOR EUROPE, THE MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA (EMEA) AT THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE MICHAEL LALLY

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THE DEPUTY MINISTER SEYFADDIN TALIBOV MET DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF COMMERCE FOR EUROPE, THE MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA (EMEA) AT THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE MICHAEL LALLYToday the Deputy Minister of Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Azerbaijan Seyfatdin Talibov met the delegation led by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at the U.S. Department of Commerce Michael Lally.

      Deputy Minister Seyfatdin Talibov warmly welcomed the guests and expressed confidence that as in all fields of economy between the US and will further develop in the field of agriculture.

      Seyfatdin Talibov gave a detailed information on attention and care of the country’s leadership in the field of agriculture, creating agro parks, as well as granting by government subsidies in various areas of agriculture, paying attention in export-oriented industries, especially cotton, silk, tobacco and tea-growing, at the same time he stated that the climatic conditions of Azerbaijan are favorable for the development of various sectors of agriculture and agricultural products.

      Deputy Minister Seyfaddin Talibov noted that implementation of the Electronic Agricultural Information System and implementation of pilot project in several regions are being realized.

      Speaking about relations of US and Azerbaijan Deputy Minister Seyfatdin Talibov said that conducting regular ELISA, PZR and Biological Safety trainings with specialists of US Department of Defense Threat Reduction Program and Republican Veterinary Laboratory in Republican Veterinary Laboratory and Zone Veterinary Laboratory. Republican Veterinary Laboratory Biosafety level 2 laboratory has been opened. In addition, Guba, Sabirabad, Gakh, Barda Zone Veterinary Laboratories have been built on BSL-2 level, reconstructed and provided with appropriate equipment in Zone Veterinary Laboratory in Goygol. In Republican Veterinary Laboratory Department of Virology BSL-2 level has been established and provided with all required equipment, diagnosticums and disinfectant materials.

      The Deputy Minister stressed that new nut varieties have been regionalized as a result of this cooperation in gene fond exchange of nuts, fruit crops between Fruits and Tea Research Institute of the Ministry of Agriculture and Oregonian State University of USA.

      According to the agreement between Fruits and Tea Research Institute of the Ministry of Agriculture and Illinois University of USA, 1 scientific officer of our Institute is attending the seminar in the US Institute.

The Deputy Minister noted the following proposals:

  • Out of 12, 5 zone veterinary laboratories have been build and provided with equipment by the United States, In connection with this, to assist in provision of 7 zone veterinary laboratories with equipment in BSL-2 level;
  • To realize the training of experts in order to improve the quality of animal breeding in the field of transfer of embryo;
  • To provide support for the construction of covered seed production and trainings for staff in the Vegetable Research Institute. To provide financial and technical support to the same Institute for the creation of a disease free potato seed production.
  • To provide technical support to improve the value chain of fruit products and improve existing fruit orchards in the form of modern intensive orchards in Guba-Khachmaz region.

     Expressing his gratitude for warm reception, Michael Lally noted that the agricultural sector in Azerbaijan has great potential and mentioned that the Package of Proposals will be considered in the future cooperation with the US.