Turkmenistan Ousts Uzbekistan from Tajikistan’s Market for Greenhouse Tomatoes

Turkmenistan has completely overtaken Uzbekistan in the market for greenhouse tomatoes in Tajikistan, according to a report by the EastFruit agricultural news portal.

Analysis revealed that Turkmen tomatoes are winning due to competitive pricing and also, their attractive appearance and modern packaging.

Despite problems related to the cultivation of tomatoes grown  in Tajikistan’s greenhouses  this season, the price has remained at a record low for this time of the year. The average wholesale price for one kg is  currently just $1.46 — and further price reductions are expected in the near future, notes EastFruit.

In Tajikistan, which currently imports the majority of greenhouse tomatoes it consumes, the wholesale price is significantly lower ($1.9 per kg) than in Uzbekistan, which is still the main regional exporter.

The EastFruit portal notes that today, greenhouse tomato prices in Central Asian countries are not much lower than  in Eastern European countries. It also reports that further development of energy-efficient greenhouse technologies will allow countries with colder climates to remain relatively highly competitive  and moreover,  local consumers are generally willing to pay more for the fresh taste of greenhouse-grown vegetables.

 

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Askar Alimzhanov graduated from the journalism department of the Kazakh State University named after S. Kirov, then worked as a correspondent for the daily republican newspaper Leninskaya Smen. He then moved to the United States to be a reporter for the daily newspaper "Cape Cod Times" in Hayanis, Massachusetts, (USA) under the journalist exchange program between the Union of Journalists of the USSR and the New England Society of News Editors. Since then, he has helped build transparency and understanding of Central Asia region in various executive level positions at esteemed media organizations including "Akbar"(Alma-Ata) international center for journalism, the Khabar News agency, the Television and Radio Corporation "Kazakhstan" JSC, and MIR- Kazakhstan.

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