Uzbekistan explores new markets at Fruit Logistica Berlin 2018 fair

TASHKENT (TCA) — Currently in Uzbekistan, many farmers, traders and trade facilitators are trying to open new market opportunities for Uzbek agriculture products in EU countries. To support these initiatives the EU-funded Project “Sustainable Development in Rural Areas of Uzbekistan” in February organized a study visit to Germany for a number of fruit growers and processors from Project regions to participate in International Exhibition “Fruit Logistica Berlin 2018”. To join such a high level event is a great chance to explore new markets for Uzbek growers and exporters, the Delegation of the European Union to Uzbekistan reported.

Candidates for this event were selected together with the local authorities from Ferghana, Namangan, Jizzakh and Syrdarya provinces and approved by the Ministry of Economy, as the main political partner.

Key objectives in trade fair participation were: exploring new market opportunities; familiarize with innovative agriculture technologies; promoting Uzbek companies and agriculture products; and developing new business and establishing partnership.

Some of the participants were able to lay the foundation for a successful business year during the three days of FRUIT LOGISTICA. In addition, a number of meetings with European fruit producers and processors including potential buyers were organized.

“This year has started with a number of positive and life changing opportunities in our village. With EU Project initiative, we’ve established pomegranate growers’ Cooperative to produce natural pomegranate juice that adds value to our pomegranates,” said Isroil Nematov, director of Dekhkanabad Asl Anori pomegranate growers’ cooperative from the Syrdarya region. “Secondly, we have already met with our potential customers from Thailand and New Zealand. We used the trade show to come into contact with other growers, suppliers, processors and have the opportunity to find out more about trends, because we don’t have time to do that day-to-day.”

Sergey Kwan


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.
Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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