One of the most popular grape varieties in Uzbekistan, black Kishmish (seedless) “Kora”, has risen in price by 29% over the past two weeks. However, despite such rapid growth, it is sold 25% cheaper than at the same time in 2020. The Kora table grape variety is in the greatest demand both in the Uzbek domestic market and on the part of exporters to Russia, Kazakhstan and other post-Soviet countries. Fresh grapes are also exported in small volumes to ethnic shops for Russian-speaking residents of the European Union.
Wholesale black Kishmish can now be sold at 9000 UZS/kg ($0.84). According to Uzbek winegrowers, the rise in its prices is due to a seasonal factor. Winegrowers from different regions of the country confirmed the end of the peak harvest season for this variety. Prices for Kora grapes also began to grow rapidly at about the same time in 2020, but in 2019, they began to rise only in mid-October.