Uzbekistan allows farmers to independently export fruit and vegetables

TASHKENT (TCA) — The President of Uzbekistan on June 21 signed the Resolution “On measures to further support domestic exporting organizations and improve foreign trade activities”, which is intended to motivate all producers of fresh fruit and vegetable products to participate independently in its supply to foreign markets, and abolishes the monopoly of specialized foreign trade company Uzagroexport in this area, the Jahon information agency reported.

According to the document, all business entities in Uzbekistan are given the right to export fresh fruit and vegetable, grapes and melons on the basis of direct contracts with 100 percent advance payment from July 1, 2017.

Along with the expansion of exports of fruit and vegetable, this measure will also encourage dekhkans (individual farmers) and farms to expand the production of fruit and vegetable products demanded on foreign markets, increase crop yields through more efficient use of land resources, including through repeated crops. This, in turn, will increase the competitiveness of produced fruit and vegetable products in foreign markets in terms of price and quality. The main thing is that, as a full-fledged proprietor of fruit and vegetable products, dekhkans and farming enterprises can dispose it at their own discretion, sell it independently for export, increase their incomes, raise the material well-being of their families, and invest additional foreign exchange earnings in new projects to expand agricultural production and for its deep processing.

At the same time, it is also necessary to carry out systematic work to ensure compliance of products with the norms and standards adopted abroad for domestic products to enter foreign markets. To this end, the resolution of the President instructed the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources to develop and approve concrete measures to introduce international quarantine regulations into national regulatory documents within a month.

The resolution also reduces the tax burden for enterprises that are forced to export their products at below-cost prices due to unfavorable conditions on foreign markets.

Sergey Kwan

TCA

Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
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Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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