Opening Ceremony of the First Stage of “Dost Agropark” Smart Agricultural Complex in Zangilan

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of the Republic of Turkiye Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the inauguration of the first stage of “Dost Agropark” smart agricultural complex in Zangilan district on October 20. During the event, President Ilham Aliyev and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan got acquainted with the complex after answering the questions of journalists.

“Dost Agropark” is the first private agricultural complex to be created by Turkish and Azerbaijani investors in Karabakh and Zangazur regions. The foundation of the project, implemented in three stages, was laid by President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of Turkiye Recep Tayyip Erdogan on 26 October 2021.

Administrative buildings, 5,200 square meters indoor and 113,000 square meters outdoor animal husbandry complexes, social facilities, a cafe, a cinema, a recreation area, a swimming pool, and buildings for service personnel were built in the first phase of the project. A total of 3500 head of cattle were brought to the complex and the production of agricultural products was carried out. Harvesting of wheat and barley planted last year with the participation of both presidents was completed. President Ilham Aliyev and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan applied the first samples of “Made in Karabakh” labels on the packages of meat products from the cattle raised in pastures and slaughtered which were brought to the region by “Dost Agropark”. The heads of state also participated in the opening of the Zangazur Weightlifting Club, which was established under “Dost Agropark”.

Work according to the second and third stages of “Dost Agropark” will be continued rapidly. As a result of the completion of all stages of the project, vegetation-based production and technical areas will be established on an area of 6,000 hectares of land, as well as areas for breeding of 10,000 head of cattle, seeds, and seedlings will be set up. Along with this, an integrated meat processing and packaging enterprise intended to cover the entire region will be built, along with a warehouse with a capacity of 100,000 tons. The complex will also meet the region’s demand for seeds, fertilizers, and agricultural supplies. An “Agro Market” will be established to introduce the Karabakh products to the world markets under the brand name “Made in Karabakh”.

“Dost Agropark”, where smart agricultural technologies, zero waste, renewable energy, and sustainable agricultural mechanisms are to be applied, will operate on the principle of halal food, protection of the environment, and nature. When the project is fully completed, 500 people will be employed in the complex. A total of 100 million dollars will be invested to create the ecosystem. President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of the Republic of Turkiye Recep Tayyip Erdogan after delivering speeches at the event cut the ribbon symbolizing the opening of the first stage “Dost Agropark” smart agricultural complex.