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Uzbekistan exports fruits and vegetables to 80 countries

Botschaft Usbekistan, December 29, 2015

The Uzbek food industry keeps winning export markets. Uzbekistan exports more than 180 types of fruits and vegetables to more than 80 countries. In the last decade, exports of fruit juice have increased twofold on average, and food products - by 1.5 times. The contracts and memorandums worth over $55 million signed at the International Investment Forum are called to strengthen these positions.

The forum in Tashkent was very productive for the industry. Uzbekistan signed memorandums on selling shares of more than a dozen companies, including Kogon Yogh Extraction Plant, Kattakurgon Yogh-Moy, Surkhonozikovkatsanoati, Yangiy’ol Yog-Moy, Urganch Yogh with international partners from the United States, Britain, South Korea, Switzerland, India.

During the forum, Uzbekistan also signed memorandums of understanding on the modernization of the food industry. It is planned to carry out projects on the platform of the Coca-Cola Bottlers Uzbekistan JV in Urgench, Namangan and Tashkent, and establish the production of margarine and butter in the Ternesi Development JV in Tashkent region.

In general, the food industry of Uzbekistan has drawn 291.7 billion soums and $46.2 million of investments in 2015. These funds have empowered enterprises to get equipped with advanced high-tech equipment from Austria, Germany, China, South Korea, Bulgaria and Poland. The production volumes have grown by 16.5% against last year. The industry has launched the production of nearly 100 kinds of new products and created more than 10,000 new jobs (currency rates of CB RU from 25.12.2015 1$= 2794.98 soums).

Today, nearly 100,000 food industry enterprises produce 96% of all consumed food products. It is expected that in the coming years Uzbek enterprises will increase meat processing by 25% a year, fruit and vegetable processing - by 30%, milk production - by almost 23%. As a result, along with meeting the needs of the domestic market, Uzbekistan will annually export products for nearly $90 to100 million.

Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper


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