Uzbekistan expands supply chain of wild cherries
BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 26
By Ilkin Seyfaddini - Trend:
Uzbekistan exported 15,751 tons of wild cherries for $30.2 million as of May 25, 2020, Trend reports citing Forbes Uzbekistan.
This season, the main buyer of Uzbek wild cherries is neighboring Kazakhstan, which bought 7,700 tons. Russia is second (4,551 tons), Kyrgyzstan is third (3,320).
The remaining 180 tons of wild cherries were exported to Belarus, the UAE, Poland, China, South Korea, Turkmenistan and Thailand.
Uzbekistan is the largest wild cherry producer and exporter. The country is one of the world's top three wild cherry producers, after Turkey and US, and exports from 35,000 to 50,000 tons of wild cherries annually, the report said.
In recent years, more and more Uzbek wild cherries have been shipped to China and South Korea, but it has been difficult to ensure the necessary quality, cooling, calibration and packaging, which has constrained the increase in supply.
From 2011 to 2019, many new cherry orchards were planted in Uzbekistan. This shifted entire areas from growing cotton and cereals to growing vegetables and fruits, and wild cherries became one of the most attractive crops for Uzbek farmers.
The country will lose 15-20 percent of its wild cherry harvest this year, according to preliminary estimates, due to the cold weather in early April.
Despite this, overall production may not decrease, because new cherry orchards are entering into fruiting.
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