We are growing corn on 50 ha in Aghsu region and GFA is helping us with every step. They sourced the right seed, developed the crop strategy, and handle all daily crop activities.
Green Farms Azerbaijan
Green Farms Azerbaijan is a subsidiary of Green Farms International, which is investing into Azerbaijan’s agribusiness.
GFA aims to develop a sustainable farm business that will contribute to Azerbaijan’s food security while focusing on the preservation of country’s natural resources. We are primarily looking to meet local demand in terms of quantity and quality as well as exporting and raising awareness of Azeri produce abroad.
Currently, GFA is operating on 5,000 hectares of land in the Bilasuvar region but we are looking to establish our presence in other regions while simultaneously developing our present operational base.
We are committed to bringing cutting edge, highest quality, and efficient crop technology and production into local agribusiness while familiarizing ourselves with the local experience and traditional practices, in order to optimize the productivity of land resources.
Our goal is to be a key player in the local agribusiness; therefore, we are implementing a unique, well-structured approach built around bringing added value to the environment we operate in, as we believe this will be crucial in achieving sustainable success.
Green Farms Azerbaijan signed a 49 year lease for a 5,000 ha land plot in Bilasuvar region in May, 2017.
The land plot was previously registered and used as a grazing area but recently has been converted to land suitable for agricultural operations by the decree of the Cabinet of Ministers.
There are a number of obstacles associated with reclamation of the aforementioned land plot: lack of infrastructure, soil quality degradation due to misuse, and unavailability of an adequate irrigation source. However, we have undertaken these challenges and are executing our plan to create a successful agribusiness in Bilasuvar.
We are currently in the beginning phases of project execution and have already prepared the necessary infrastructure (drainage/irrigation) to farm 750 ha, purchased farm machinery, and constructed basic on-farm facilities.
We are implementing a crop rotation, which initially will prioritize production of cereal crops. As we improve the soil condition, the rotation will involve crops such as corn, sugar beet, cotton, and fodder crops.
Harvest of corn and cotton, seeding of barley and wheat
Fertilization of barley and wheat fields with ammonium nitrate and subsequent irrigation
Harvest of the barley and wheat product and subsequent soil preparation of the fields for the next crop
Completion of sowing of corn and cotton
State of the Crop
We are happy with the barley and wheat crop emergence for the month of January
Barley and Wheat Seeding
We have completed the seeding of 940 ha of barley and are about to complete the seeding of 270 ha of wheat. The first irrigation cycle is already underway and will be completed around mid-December.
1st stage of cotton picking has been completed on our cotton fields. We are currently entering the 2nd stage of picking for the cotton bolls that opened and dried later.
We have successfully completed the harvest of our first experimental corn crop on 69 ha. We have moved on to ploughing and preparing the soil there for subsequent seeding of wheat.
People from GFA set up drip irrigation for our fig and apricot orchards and are ensuring steady progress for young trees as well as increasing productivity of older trees through nutrient management.