Uzbekistan signed 270 contracts on the export of fruit and vegetables valued at $2 billion during the First international fruit and vegetable fair in Tashkent on July 12-16.
Uzbekoziqovqatholding said that some 27% of the total volume of products for exports would account for vegetables, 25% for grapes, 20% for fruit, 17.6% for dried and processed products, 8.4% for legumes, and 2% for melons.
More than 170 companies from all regions of Uzbekistan presented fruit and vegetables at the fair.
Over 300 representatives of business circles from the US, UK, UAE, South Korea, Japan, Italy, France, Malaysia, India, Russia, Latvia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan and other countries also participated in the fair.
The fair was organized in accordance with Uzbek President Islam Karimov’s decree signed in early June.
As of 2015, the volume of fruit and vegetable production in Uzbekistan increased by 6.7% to 12.6 million tons, melons and gourds – by 5.9% to 1.8 million tons, grapes – by 11.4% to 1.56 million tons.
According to the Uzbek side, some 1.2 million tons of fruit and vegetables are planned to be exported in 2016, up 2.5 times YoY. (Trend/Business World Magazine)