Uzbekistan govt looks to increase ag exports by supporting exporters

Export volumes of agricultural products are set to increase in Uzbekistan due to the country's attempts to support  entrepreneurs-exporters.

Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s decree "On additional measures to stimulate the export of fruits and vegetables, grapes and melons" dated September 19, 2016 created even greater convenience for farmers.

Today, Uzbek agricultural products are in great demand in Norway, Vietnam, Thailand, Brazil, Cyprus, Macedonia, the U.S. and many other countries, according to the information published on the website of Uzbek Foreign Ministry.

Since the beginning of this year, export contracts worth $2.2 billion have been concluded with the assistance of the Fund for Support of Export of Small Business and Private Entrepreneurs under the Uzbek National Bank for Foreign Economic Activity.

Experts of the Fund regularly study the demand for fruits and vegetables, melons and gourds in the world market and provide the entrepreneurs with necessary consultations and recommendations.

For instance, according to the marketing research, Uzbek dried fruits are of high demand in Latvia and Germany, where they cost from $2-10 per kilogram. At the same time, annual imports of melons amount to 516,000 tons in Germany.

Based on the results of these studies, Uzbekistan may increase its incomes. In order to support agricultural producers, 85 agro firms have been established with the assistance of the fund. Till the end of the year, these agrofirms plan to implement about twenty projects. This will contribute to the annual export of fresh and processed fruits and vegetables for more than $59 million and the creation of 1,590 new workplaces.

Source: azernews.az

Publication date: 10/5/2017


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