Azerbaijan-Turkey Agriculture Business Forum was held in Baku on 10 December 2018 under the auspices of Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Dr. Bekir PAKDEMİRLİ. Bilateral cooperation between Azerbaijan and Turkey was discussed in the meeting and, in addition to Dr. Bekir PAKDEMİRLİ, it was attended by Azerbaijan Agriculture Minister İnam KERİMOV, bureaucrats of the two countries, businessmen and representatives of non-governmental organizations. Cattle Breeders’ Association of Turkey was represented in the meeting by Chairman Kamil ÖZCAN, Assistant Chairman Yunus BAYDAR, Accountant Member Mehmet ALDEMİR, Management Board Members Hacı SELVİ, Hasan Hüseyin ÖZDEMİR, Serhat VAYISOĞLU, Secretary General İbrahim KARAKOYUNLU and Technical Affairs Branch Director Onur YİĞİT.
Dr. PAKDEMİRLİ described the successes achieved in the agricultural sector by Turkey. He said “Today is the driving force of Europe with over 3 million agricultural enterprises, 5 million agricultural employments, 38 million hectares of agricultural land, 52.2 billion dollars of agricultural revenue and 17 billion dollars of agricultural exports. We are the first in agricultural revenue in Europe and seventh in the world. Turkey is at a good point in agriculture and it is a country that makes good use of its resources. We would like to share this success with Azerbaijan.”
Minister PAKDEMİRLİ emphasized that the commercial relations between Turkey and Azerbaijan must enter a new period and continued to say “Our bilateral trade volume is 1.7 billion dollars. The target set by our Presidents, on the other hand, is 15 billion dollars. We are way behind this target. Our agricultural trade volume is 130 billion dollars. The share of the agriculture in general trade is 8 percent; Azerbaijan’s agricultural import is 1.3 billion dollars whereas Turkey’s agricultural import is 12 billion dollars. Whatever we buy or sell in our agricultural trade, we must first do it with each other.”
The forum was attended by approximately 100 Turkish businessmen who operate in the field of agriculture and food industry and it continued with bilateral meetings between businessmen. Within the scope of his activities, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Dr. Bekir PAKDEMİRLİ and his counterpart İnam KERİMOV visited TİKA Baku Coordinatorship and Yunus Emre Baku Turkish Culture Center.