BAKU, Azerbaijan, Oct.28
By Natavan Rzayeva - Trend:
Russia and Uzbekistan expect to increase the volume of mutual railway supplies of agricultural products to 1 million tons by 2030, Trend reports via the press service of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.
The Agroexpress project for the accelerated delivery of agricultural products from Moscow to Tashkent and back in a refrigerator train has become one of the drivers of cooperation between Uzbekistan and Russia.
A pilot supply of fresh fruits and vegetables from Uzbekistan will take place in November, and Agroexpress will start operating on a permanent basis in December.
"Now the preparation of the project is at the final stage. We have worked out procedures for the fast delivery of goods, as well as special tariffs for rail transportation," the Minister of Economic Development of Russia Maxim Reshetnikov said.
The Russian domestic market is expected to be provided with quality products, primarily in the off-season.
Russia will export the products of its agro-industrial complex to Uzbekistan by the same trains.
Reshetnikov noted that there will be a steady growth in the trade turnover between the countries.
According to the minister, in 2020, trade turnover increased by more than 15.6 percent, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
The growth of trade between Russia and Uzbekistan for eight months of 2021 amounted to 6.6 percent.