Russian agriculture minister visits Uzbekistan to boost agro imports

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TASHKENT (TCA) — The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev on September 25 received the Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation Alexander Tkachev, who was in Uzbekistan on a working visit on behalf of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Jahon information agency reported.

The Uzbek president noted that regular contacts at the highest level have ensured the dynamic development of strategic partnership and expansion of Russian-Uzbek cooperation in various spheres, including agriculture.

The nomenclature and volumes of supplies of Uzbek fresh and processed fruit and vegetable products to the Russian market are increasing in line with the “green corridor” established between the two countries. Russian companies are actively participating in the annual international fruit and vegetable fair held in Uzbekistan. As a result of this fair that was held earlier this month, export contracts amounting to more than 500 million dollars were concluded.

Joint programs and projects are being implemented in the agro-industrial sector, and fruitful interaction between scientific institutions and higher educational institutions of the two countries is being carried out, including on issues of selection and seed production, as well as development of intensive horticulture and greenhouses.

At the meeting, special attention was paid to creating favorable conditions and a modern trade and logistics infrastructure for increasing agricultural exports from Uzbekistan to Russia.

The sides also noted the importance of creating joint ventures in the agrarian sector, including for production of veterinary drugs and diagnostic tools, as well as issues of training qualified specialists for the sector.

Sergey Kwan

TCA