BAKU, Azerbaijan, July 30
By Klavdiya Romakayeva - Trend:
Uzbekistan in the coming years plans to increase the area of vineyards in the country by creating new export-oriented plantations in 44 regions of the country, Trend reports referring to East-Fruit.
The season of mass export of grapes from Uzbekistan to foreign markets starts in the second half of July. In the third decade of July, especially since the beginning of this week (July 26), the number of shipments of Uzbek grapes has increased significantly, which marks the beginning of the massive export of this product to foreign markets.
Following the statistics of past years, from 93 percent to 98 percent of all grape exports from Uzbekistan are shipped for export from July to December, approximately 80 percent to 90 percent - from August to November. At the same time, July - the beginning of the season accounts for three percent to six percent of the annual export volume and the same amount in December - the end of the season.
According to market participants, until mid-July 2021, there was no particular activity in the shipments of Uzbek grapes for export - it increased in the last week (ten days).
It is reported that grapes rank first among fresh fruit exports from Uzbekistan, both in terms of quantity and amount of export earnings. From 2017 to 2020, the country exported to foreign markets from 117,000 to 141,000 tons of fresh grapes, and export earnings at the end of 2020 amounted to $133 million.
The main, largest export markets for Uzbek grapes are Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The total share of these countries accounts for 98-99 percent of the total export of fresh grapes from Uzbekistan.
From 2018 to 2020, fresh grapes from Uzbekistan were also supplied to the markets of Ukraine and Belarus in volumes from 400 to 1,300 tons per year.
Also, over the past four years, supplies of fresh grapes in small volumes (from 17 to 70 tons) were carried out to Mongolia, the UAE, Germany, Poland, Turkey, Afghanistan, Latvia, Lithuania, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.
Moreover, as of early July 2021, grapes are grown in Uzbekistan on an area of 90,000 hectares, and over the past four years, 52,000 hectares of new vineyards have been planted. In the coming years, it is planned to increase the area of vineyards in Uzbekistan by creating new export-oriented plantations in 44 regions of the country.
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