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Uzbekistan to expand fruit and vegetables exports

Uzbekistan plans to increase exports of fruits and vegetables by 30 percent up to 1.2 million tons in 2018.

The media reports referred to holding company Uzbekozikovkatholding, explaining how this company plans to reach 1.2 million tons of exports, worth $1 billion. In 2017, the volume of exports of fruit and vegetable products amounted to 918,080 tons ($665.9 million).

Uzbekistan is a major exporter in the international fruit and vegetable market. The country ranks second in the world for apricot exports, third for persimmon and fifth for cherries. The country also intends to increase the export of melons this year.

Uzbekozikovkatholding claims the Uzbek cherry ripens earlier than those of competitor countries; some two or three weeks earlier. In 2017, 270,000 tons of sweet cherries were harvested, of which 30,000 tons were exported.

According to an article by, Uzbekozikovkatholding was founded in 2016 to increase the efficiency of exporting fresh fruit and vegetables and other agricultural products. The holding company includes 470 food industry enterprises. The fruit and vegetable products are exported to 70 countries.

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