Russian companies that have concluded agreements with Tajik agrarians on purchasing potatoes and onions have failed to fulfill their obligations on those agreements, Tajik Minister of Agriculture Sattor Izatullo said.
According to him, Russian companies concluded agreements with Tajik onion and potato producers at the beginning of the year but later changed their mind.
“I do not know the reason – maybe they did not like the quality of products offered by Tajik agrarians or something else, but they refused to purchase the whole product”, the minister said.
Deputy Minister of Agriculture Jamila Saidova gave an example of Magnit Food Stores Network.
“This company was going to purchase agricultural goods from Tajik farmers at large volumes, but there are few agricultural goods in Tajikistan that would suit them in quality”, Saidova said.
“They have their own requirements for quality of fruit and vegetables and our farming units cannot meet these requirements”, the deputy minister added.
Over the first six months of this year, Tajikistan has reportedly exported 700,000 tons of agricultural goods. (Asia-Plus/Business World Magazine)