A State Checking Commission was created to check the quality of imported medicine and fertilizers.
Ilham Guliyev, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, claims that in 2015 Azerbaijan harvested forty-seven tons of pomegranates, and exported half of them, mostly to Russia, Ukraine, and Georgia. Additionally, Aznar factory exported pomegranate juice to the USA, Poland, Canada, New Zealand, Germany, Russia, Australia, Belarus, Austria, and Israel.
A State Checking Commission was created to check the quality of imported medicine and fertilizers. It is now illegal to import chemical compounds without a certificate from this department. The head of the Laboratory of Toxicology State Phytosanitary Supervision Service under the Ministry of Agriculture, Yagub Ibrahimov doesn't exclude the possibility that some people still find ways to bypass this regulation. Additionally, Ibrahimov states that many farmers don’t understand the proper way to use these imported chemicals. “If [the pesticides and fertilizers] aren’t used within a certain allocated time period, they won’t be effective.”
Azerbaijan buys 200 tons of imported farming chemicals each year, and Yagub Ibrahimov, an agricultural expert at the Laboratory of Toxicology State Phytosanitary Supervision Service states that his team checks each shipment for quality. Furthermore, the service is working to imporve how farmers use these products. “We try to educate our farmers with the help of regional TV and ask them to call for advice from our specialists in the center.”