Uzbekistan plans to increase production of fruits and vegetables up to 32 million tonnes by 2020, the Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyayev said in the opening ceremony of International Fruit and Vegetable Fair on 12 July.
Speaking at the opening of the fair, Shavkat Mirziyayev underlined that Uzbekistan annually produces 16 million tonnes of fruits and vegetables. He said that the volume will at least double by 2020.
At the same time, he recalled that Uzbekistan produced up to 6 million tonnes of raw cotton a year. He said that Uzbekistan cut raw cotton production up to 3 million tonnes a year and used freed land to production of food crops, including grain, vegetables and fruits.
Uzbek Prime Minister underlined that during independence years, the volume of production of vegetables rose eight times, fruits – five times, melons – 8 times and grapes – 9 times.
He said that currently there are over 160,000 farmers in Uzbekistan, who supply fruits and vegetables to internal and external markets.
Shavkat Mirziyayev stated that creation of cold refrigerators will also help to increasing production of fruits and vegetables. According to him, currently there are over 1,300 cold storages with total capacity of over 800,000 tonnes for simultaneous storage.
He added that it is planned to reconstruct and construct another 197 cold storage for fruits and vegetables with total cost of over 100,000 tonnes.
Uzbekistan produced 12.59 million tonnes of vegetables, including potatoes, in 2015, as well as 1.85 million tonnes of melons, 1.55 million tonnes of grapes and 2.73 million tonnes of fruits.