Uzbekistan to boost production and export of fresh and processed foods

TASHKENT (TCA) — Until the end of 2020, Uzbekistan plans to carry out 180 investment projects totaling $596 million aimed at increasing deep processing of fruit and vegetables, meat and dairy products, and scaling up the production and export of food products, the official Jahon information agency reported.

Under conditions of toughening competition in the global market, Uzbekistan regards the introduction of advanced technologies in this sector as a priority.

Some 74 of the planned projects will be implemented through foreign direct investments and loans of international financial institutions, totaling more than $163 million, and 108 investment projects on the development of the food industry, totaling over $428 million, have already been launched.

Establishment of trade and logistics centers specializing in storage, processing and export of fruit and vegetables is another focus of the country’s investment policy.

The total value of contracts that have been signed by Uzbekistan’s foreign trade company Uzagroexport, which specializes in exporting fresh and processed fruit and vegetable products, has now exceeded $1.37 billion.

To meet its commitments before foreign importers, the Uzbek government has concluded contracts on purchasing from farmers 1.56 million tons of fruit, vegetables, potatoes, melons and grapes.

In the next few years, Uzbekistan plans to upscale the export of fresh and processed fruit and vegetable products more than 2.7-fold, including a 2.5-fold increase in the export of canned food, concentrates and juices. These targets must be achieved through a complete restructuring of the foreign supplies system.

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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