The EU will allocate €9.3 million for the purposes of agriculture development Uzbekistan
The Sustainable Development of Rural Areas in Uzbekistan program with the total budget of €9.3 million is designed for the period of 3 years. The program is funded by the European Union and implemented by the German Agency for International Cooperation, the French Agency for Development of International Cooperation in the Fields of Agriculture, Food and Rural Areas, the Italian Breeders' Association, and the Bulgarian Center for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development. The EU experts will hand over the European agrofood know-how and technologies to Uzbekistan.
In the country, a rich yield of agricultural crops has been grown and harvested: over 7.5 million tons of grain and more than 3.3 million tons of cotton has been produced.
It should be noted that the heavy yield was mainly the result of the intensification of agricultural production, improved selection, implementation of recognized varieties of cotton and spiked cereals, and adoption of modern agricultural technologies.
The average yield of wheat in the country reached 5.5 t/ha; in certain areas, it reached 6.0-7.7 t/ha, which is a great achievement of our farmers.
Along with that, the accelerated development of horticulture, vine growing, and livestock breeding is observed. Last year, 12.592 thousand tons of vegetables (including potatoes), 1.850 thousand tons of melons, 1.556 thousand tons of grapes, 2.731 thousand tons of fruit was grown; 3361.3 thousand tons of raw cotton and 8176.6 thousand tons of cereal crops was produced. The cattle population reached over 11.6 million animals; 2033.5 thousand tons of meat, 9028.2 thousand tons of milk, and 5526 million eggs was produced.
We attach prime importance to increased industrial processing of agricultural raw materials and development of the grown produce storage infrastructure. In the past year, 230 agriculture product processing facilities were established or modernized; 114 new cold-storage chambers with a capacity of 77.8 thousand tons were designed or modernized. The total storage capacity of fruit and vegetable products was brought up to 832 thousand tons, which allows for uninterrupted provision of the county’s population with core agricultural products throughout the year, without any season-related sharp turnabout in prices, as well as ensures price stability.