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The 14th International Exhibition of the Food industry «UzProdExpo» will take place in National exhibition complex “UzExpoCentre” on November 21-23, 2018.
The relevance of the exhibition «UzProdExpo» due to the rapid development of the food processing industry. The main task of exhibition — to create for the specialists platform for the effective business communication with manufacturers, equipment for processing and storage, to provide, in the framework of the exhibition the whole technological process of food production, from raw material processing to obtain a final Packed product.
Official support for the exhibition is provided by:
National Exhibition Complex “UzExpoCenter”, Pavilion №2
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- Ferghana and Bukhara regions hosted launch events of the Additional Financing to Horticulture Development Project.
Under the new phase of the project farmers and agribusinesses from across the country will continue to receive the technical and financial support, leading to the creation of thousands of new and better-paying jobs, increase productivity and profitability of beneficiaries from the horticulture sector. The project worth of US$500 million was approved by the World Bank in January 2018 and became effective in June 2018.
The new phase of the project will build upon the success of the original Horticulture Development Project approved in June 2014. It aimed at improving access local farmers and agribusinesses to agricultural technologies, knowledge, and markets; strengthening these groups’ technical and managerial capacity in the farming and agri-business sectors, and; introducing new financial products through local banks participating in the project.
The new phase of the project will support the purchase of seeds and seedlings, water-saving irrigation technologies (such as drip irrigation), cold storage facilities, and processing equipment. Additionally, it will provide support to research institutes on new horticulture production techniques, storage methods, post-harvest handling, marketing and business management knowledge.
On 28-29 August 2018, the World Bank (WB) Country Office, the European Union (EU) Delegation (that is a project partner) and the Rural Restructuring Agency (RRA) paid working visits to Ferghana and Bukhara regions. They participated in the launch events of the Additional Financing – Horticulture Development Project involving households, farmers, farmer groups, private enterprises, agro-firms, and agro-processing enterprises operating in the horticulture sector in these regions, as well as officials of local commercial banks participating in the distribution of loans under the project. The event participants were informed about opportunities provided under the new phase of the project to increase the horticulture sector’s productivity and exports.
During the launch events, farmers and agri-firms’ representatives, who had received loans under the initial phase of the project, shared their experience in expanding their businesses and exports thanks to these investments. The World Bank and the RRA specialists explained the event participants eligibility criteria for potential project beneficiaries, the application process for getting loans provided under the project and how to increase the profitability of businesses in the horticulture sector.
In Ferghana and Bukhara Regions, the WB, the EU, and the RRA officials had a chance to visit a number of beneficiaries, who received financial support under the initial phase of the project for producing packaging materials for horticultural products, delivering services of cold storages to local farmers, and building greenhouses for growing vegetables. Thanks to participation in the initial phase of the project, they could increase their productivity, profitability, and exports.
“Agriculture remains important for the domestic economy, taking into consideration that it is generating about 16 percent of GDP and creating jobs for nearly 14.5 million people residing in rural areas. Hence, this sector and rural development are at the heart of the transformation underway in Uzbekistan and the shift to horticulture is a big part of the Government’s investment strategy,” said Hideki Mori, World Bank Country Manager for Uzbekistan at the launch event in Ferghana city on August 28, 2018. “Uzbekistan recognizes the need for diversification of agricultural production from cotton into higher value-added production and processing, including fruits and vegetables and livestock, which will lead to better-paid jobs in rural areas, food security, and exports.”
In Uzbekistan, the World Bank is supporting the implementation of 18 projects, totaling over US$3.3 billion. These projects contribute to macroeconomic reforms implementation, the improvement of agriculture and water resources management, energy, transport, healthcare, education, urban development, water supply and sanitation services, which support the country’s economic growth and higher living standards.
Uzbekistan plans to increase exports of fruits and vegetables up to 1.2 million tonnes in 2018.
Uzbekistan is currently one of largest exporter of fruits and vegetables. Uzbekistan holds the second place on export of apricot and fifth place – cherry.
This year, the country invited international retailers to form crop of fruits. With their participation, Uzbekistan will form the volume and assortment of crop. Russian consumers will receive fresh vegetables in spring.
Uzbekistan plans to increase the volume of exports fruits and vegetables from 918,085 tonnes in 2017 to 1.23 million tonnes in 2018, while revenue from exports will grow from US$665.9 million to US$1 billion in the reporting period. Uzbek fruits and vegetables exported to over 70 countries.
On 1 March Uzbekistan will announce export prices for cherry and apricot. Uzbek cherry ripens 2-3 weeks earlier compared to other competitors. Last year, the country produced 270,000 tonnes of cherry and export 30,000 tonnes.
This year, Uzbekistan will export its fruits and vegetables under Uzagro brand and will use modern packing.
Farmers and agribusinesses across Uzbekistan will receive more technical and financial support, leading to the creation of thousands of new and better jobs, thanks to the Additional Financing - Horticulture Development Project approved yesterday by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors.
The Project will expand access to domestic and global markets and improve the productivity of Uzbekistan’s horticulture sector, with a US$500 million loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Uzbekistan is implementing transformational reforms, moving from a state-driven development model to a private sector-led economy, and agriculture is playing a critical role. In 2016, agriculture accounted for 17% of gross domestic product, 15% of export revenues, and over one-third of employment.
“Agriculture and rural development are at the heart of the transformation underway in Uzbekistan and the shift to horticulture is a big part of the state investment strategy,” said Hideki Mori, World Bank Country Manager for Uzbekistan. “The Government recognizes the need for diversification of agricultural production from cotton into higher value-added production and processing, including fruits and vegetables and livestock, which will lead to better-paid jobs in rural areas, food security, and exports.”
The country’s horticulture sub-sector is an especially important source of all-season employment in rural areas and provides a significant number of jobs for women. Moreover, horticultural crops generate significantly higher revenues for farmers than wheat and cotton. Fruit and vegetable production accounts for as much as 50% of the value of crop output and over 35% of agriculture export value.
The initial Horticulture Development Project (US$150 million), approved in 2014, focused on addressing constraints in the sector. The Additional Financing will build upon the success of the original Project – which as of the end of 2017 included 223 sub-loans issued across the country– by providing additional funding to farmers, private enterprises, agri-firms and agri-processing enterprises.
The Project will improve access to financial services for farmers across Uzbekistan, and support the purchase of seeds and seedlings, water-saving irrigation technologies (such as drip irrigation), cold storage facilities, and processing equipment. The Project will also provide support to research institutes on new horticulture production techniques, storage methods, post-harvest handling, marketing and business management knowledge.
The World Bank is helping Uzbekistan to reach a wide range of development goals by supporting 16 projects worth US$2 billion. These projects support agriculture and water resources management, energy, transport, healthcare, education, urban development, water supply and sanitation.
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