Uzbekistan aims to increase fruit and vegetable export to $5 billion a year

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TASHKENT (TCA) — During the first nine months of this year, Uzbekistan exported fruits and vegetables for almost 1 billion USD, and the government’s goal is to bring the volume of export of fruits and vegetables to 5 billion USD a year. This was said at a government meeting President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev chaired on October 16 to discuss priority tasks for developing livestock and horticultural sectors, according to the president’s official website.

It was said at the meeting that there are unused opportunities for further increasing the production and export of fruits and vegetables due to the efficient use of vacant land and cultivation of popular varieties.

In this regard, a completely new system will be introduced in areas specialized in horticulture. Cooperatives will be organized with participation of exporters, supplying their products abroad under their own trademark, as well as processing enterprises. Placing crops will be carried out on the basis of proposals from cooperatives; they will facilitate the supply of seedlings for orchards and vineyards, and will help to increase crop yields.

The Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Agriculture were instructed to develop practical proposals for implementation of the new system and financing cooperatives.

It was also said at the meeting that in 2019, the number of small cattle in Uzbekistan increased by 550 thousand heads and poultry by 6.13 million.

Today, however, the need for feed for the livestock is provided only by 30-35 percent. And in the poultry sector, 85 percent of the feed requirement is covered by imports.

Sergey Kwan

TCA