Since the first years of independence, food security has been one of the priorities of socio-economic policy of the country. Measures implemented in the country to provide the population with quality food, as well as the results achieved in the food industry were discussed at a press conference organized by the holding company “Uzbekozikovkatholding”. In the last 10 years, the export of fruit juice has doubled, and other food products – went up on an average 1.5 times.
Representatives of the holding company “Uzbekozikovkatholding” noted that during the years of independence, the production volume of basic food commodities (grain, meat, milk, fruits and vegetables) had increased. At the moment, the company includes 188 industrial enterprises within its structure. During the first half of this year, they produced goods worth over 2 trillion soums, up by 9.1% YoY.
1085 projects are under implementation within the food industry. In 2016, it is planned to utilize over $201 million.
Participants also stressed that special attention was paid to the development of the country’s export of fresh and processed fruit and vegetable products. In particular, a variety of activities are conducted, which contribute to the establishment of business trade and economic relations between businessmen and manufacturers of Uzbekistan and foreign countries. For example, July saw the first International fruit and vegetable fair. Following its results, 270 contracts with a total amount exceeding $2 billion were signed. (Uzreport/Business World Magazine)