From January to July 2021, Uzbekistan imported 310,000 tons of potatoes, worth $ 35.4 million, which is the highest figure for this period over the past two decades. Experts claim the increase in potato imports contributed to price stability in the domestic market.
The previous record for potato imports in January-July was recorded in 2020. According to the State Statistics Committee, the imports of potatoes in 7 months of 2021 in volumes exceeded the imports in the previous year by 79,100 tons, or 34%.
Almost the entire volume (99.7%) of potatoes imported to Uzbekistan in January-July 2021 was supplied from six countries:
- Iran – 119,000 tons (38.5% of total imports);
- Kazakhstan – 85,000 tons (27.4%);
- Pakistan – 75,500 tons (24.4%);
- Kyrgyzstan – 16,800 tons (5.4%);
- Netherlands – 8,100 tons (2.6%);
- Russia – 4,200 tons (1.4%).
- Other countries – 1,000 tons (0.3%).
In January-June 2021, over 1.5 million tons of potatoes were produced in Uzbekistan, which is 3.5% more than in the same period last year. Along with the increase in the import volume to 310,000 tons in January-July 2021, this explains the fact that the current prices are at the same level as in September last year.