Agriculture Minister of Azerbaijan Ismet Abasov held a press conference on May 23 at the New Azerbaijan Party`s headquarters.

Abasov said President Ilham Aliyev successfully continues the strategic course of development initiated by national leader Heydar Aliyev. President Aliyev`s steps allowed achieving good results in the socio-economic development.

Minister noted the agricultural production increased by 4 percent in 2007. It is expected to reach 6 percent by the end of this year. He pointed out a huge amount of money was earmarked to develop agriculture in the country.

He said AZN 80-million assistance had been provided to farmers because of the increase in fuel prices last year.

Abasov noted speculations about grain shortage in Azerbaijan are groundless.

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