BP and its co-venturers in the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG), Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC), Shah Deniz (SD), and South Caucasus Pipeline (SCP) projects have recently launched a community project to set up greenhouse agriculture in the Goranboy district of Azerbaijan. The ultimate aim of the project is to foster sustainable economic development opportunities for the communities along the BTC and SCP pipelines.
The project will cover four selected villages and one settlement along the pipelines. These are Nadirkand, Jinli Boluslu, Azizbayov, Yolpaq and Gazanbulag communities.
“Through implementation of this project the neighbouring communities will receive a wide range of benefits and these will include supply of vegetable seeds, commissioning of 27 greenhouses and associated equipment, says Ibrahim Ismayilov, BP’s Sustainable Development Initiative Manager.
“In addition, the project will provide required agricultural skills and knowledge to the community members including greenhouse construction training, greenhouse set-up, plant cultivation, on-going operation of a greenhouse and business plan development. Trainings will also cover knowledge on types of crops best suited to greenhouse growing, pest and disease control, and fertilization,” Ibrahim comments.
The expected outcomes of the project are: