Azerbaijani Minister of Agriculture visits France

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Baku, February 23, AZERTAC 

An Azerbaijani delegation led by Minister of Agriculture Heydar Asadov has visited France to attend a conference entitled “Agriculture in the wake of climate change.

The conference discussed threats emerging in the field of agriculture due to negative impact of climate change and adaptation of agriculture to climate change.

Speaking to the conference, French President François Hollande noted the importance of joint efforts towards fighting against negative impacts of climate change.

As part of the visit, Mr. Asadov met French Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Stephane Le Foll. They hailed the Memorandum of Understanding signed during the French President`s Azerbaijan trip last year, saying it created legal base for cooperation. They underlined the importance of establishing a working group for further cooperation. The two ministers also discussed investment making by French businessmen in Azerbaijan`s agricultural field, as well as cooperation in a number of fields, including dairy, vine-growing and cattle-breeding. Minister Le Foll said he would consider sending a delegation of businessmen specializing in the areas of agriculture and food industry to Azerbaijan for studying investment opportunities.

Mr. Asadov invited his French counterpart to attend Ganja wine festival to be held next November.

The Azerbaijani Minister also attended the opening of the 52nd Paris International Agricultural show, and held a number of meetings on its sidelines.

The Minister met head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization Jose Graziano da Silva to explore prospects for cooperation between Azerbaijan and the organization, as well as the opening of FAO Partnership and Coordination Office in Baku.

With chairman of the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization Martin Ward, Minister Asadov discussed phytosanitary in Azerbaijan.

The Azerbaijani Minister also met Director General of the World Organisation for Animal Health Bernard Vallat to discuss the cooperation between Azerbaijan and the organization.

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