In February, the main reasons for the sharp rise in potato prices in Uzbekistan over the past few years was identified. A government document was signed in March – “On the effective use of existing land and the placement of crops for sowing for the 2021 harvest ” requiring growers to increase the planted area of potatoes by 29% compared to last year.
Analysts emphasize the dynamics of the cultivated area from 2019 to 2021 and believe that if no natural disasters occur and the yield indicator maintains at the previous levels, Uzbekistan’s need for potato imports will sharply decrease this year.
According to the table above, the increase in this year’s planted area will be achieved by expanding potato fields on the main lands and by planting on lands freed from early crops and wheat. The cultivated areas on these lands are increasing by 67%. Considering that the total area of potato fields in 2020 decreased by 15% compared to the previous year, this year they will increase by only 10% compared to 2019, i.e., from 78,700 to 86,500 hectares.
According to an east-fruit.com article, the overall increase of the area under potatoes in 2021 in Uzbekistan, according to officials, should be 29%.