About possibilities of our country in the field of production and exports for high-quality and competitive fruit and vegetables.
Uzbekistan has the highest agricultural resource potential and produces more than 17.0 mln. tons of fruits and vegetables per year. Of these, more than 4.0 million tons are being exported. The volume of fruit and vegetable products manufactured in the country, allow to provide not only the needs of the population of the republic, but also to deliver high quality products to foreign markets.
Due to the unique taste of Uzbek fruit and vegetables, as well as the full support of manufacturers and exporters, its exports increased both in quantity and in value terms every year, and the export geography comes to expand.
Fresh and dried grapes, pomegranates, cherries, melons, watermelons, apricots, peaches, plums and apples, tomatoes, onions, cabbage, as well as many other kinds of fruits and vegetables are being grown in the fertile soil of Uzbekistan are in popular demand in the external demand.
The growth of the value of exports for fruit and vegetables regarding to its volume is a testament to the high quality of products produced in Uzbekistan, as a result the increasing demand for it on the world market.
As a result, the increasing of fruit and vegetable production the productive capacity for their processing and export of it are being expanded. They are fruit concentrates, fruit and vegetable purees and paste, marinades, frozen and dry products as well.
In 2015 Uzbekistan produced 12,592,000. tons of vegetables and potatoes, 2.731 million tons of fruit, 1.850 million tons of melon products, 1.556 million tons of grapes. These figures indicate a high export potential of our country.
It should be noted the expansion of geography of export for fruits and vegetables. Since independence, the fruits and vegetables of the republic were supplied to more than 100 countries worldwide.
According to the newspaper "Business partner.uz", Uzbekistan with confidence ahead of such traditionally large suppliers such as Poland, China, Spain, Argentina, Morocco, South Africa and Italy in terms of volume of exports of fruit and vegetables to the Russian Federation. Earlier the republic traditionally supplied fruits and vegetables mostly to Russia and Kazakhstan, in recent years, the demand for domestic products has grown significantly both in the markets of Europe and Asia.
Only in the last 5 years the geography of export deliveries has been expanded to Norway, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brazil, Cyprus, Macedonia, USA, and others
Uzbekistan strictly enforced agro-technical techniques to get products on the content in it of nitrates, pesticides, heavy metals below the maximum allowable concentration for growing fruits and melons.
The largest volume of export nomenclature accounts for items such as grapes, melons, tomatoes, pomegranates, herbs, cabbage, apricots, beans, peaches, cherries, cucumbers, beans, mung bean, dried grapes, walnut, and others.
In order to stimulate increasing production of export products and support domestic export enterprises, creating favorable conditions for the expansion of business scale, the active participation of small businesses in increasing the country's export potential "Uzagroexport" was found by The Resolution of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
The company's main activities are aimed at increasing the volume and range, as well as the geography of export demand in the competitive international markets of fresh and processed fruit and vegetable products in Uzbekistan.
At the same time, the company conducts market research situation on global and regional markets for fruits and vegetables and promote products from Uzbekistan for export, as well as to seek new markets.
"Uzagroexport" will also develop the material and technical base of its member companies and organizations with foreign investments and implementing a modern system of logistics to promote the products for export and pre-export organization of its preparation.
The structure of "Uzagroexport" includes trade and logistics centers, trade and procurement base and refrigeration warehouse on the harvesting, storage, calibration and sorting of fresh produce, trading houses and representative offices abroad, enterprises for the production of packing products for food, transportation and specialized logistics company, and the center of the quality management system and standardize the "Food laboratory".
In general, given the existing huge potential of the fruit and vegetable sector and the measures taken to support and develop the industry, Uzbekistan could become a major exporter of high-quality fresh and processed fruits and vegetables in the world in the future.