In 2015 Uzbekistan plans to export almost 400 thousand tons of fruits and vegetables to Russia. This is 150 thousand tons more than the expected. “According to experts in Uzbekistan, this growth will come from the domestic market, which will lead to higher prices,” – reported by “Ozodlik” (radio “Freedom” in Uzbekistan).
Russian Info-media Agency “Novosti”, citing an unnamed representative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources of Uzbekistan, has spread a message on December 17 on the import of fruits and vegetables from Uzbekistan.
According to this representative, the export volume from Uzbekistan is planned to increase by 20% compared to 2014 year.
“The growth will be achieved primarily through increased exports of fruits and vegetables to Russia, which accounts for over 80% of total exports,” – said the representative of the Ministry.
According to reports, the agreement on increasing supplies of fruits and vegetables from Uzbekistan to Russia were discussed during the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin on 10 December.
In response to Western sanctions related to the Ukraine matter, Putin has banned imports of food from Europe, thereby “punishing” the Russians. Whether or not Putin proposed to solve these problems in the negotiations in Tashkent on December 10 is not known.
“In 2015, the volume of fruit and vegetable production in Uzbekistan is planned at 15.5 million tons compared to 14.4 million tons expected by the end of 2014”.
If you believe these figures, the increase in fruit and vegetable exports to Russia by almost half does not affect the domestic market, as it may seem.
However, Tashkent economist Gollibek Kholnazarov does not believe these figures;
– The government has no special program for the development of farms, particularly those that focus on the production of fruits and vegetables for export – the economist said.
According to him, the export volume will be increased at the expense of the domestic market.
– 50 percent of the domestic market of products will be exported, which means that prices on domestic market will rise – said Gollibek Kholnazarov.