Gardeners in Asht district (Tajikistan) grow apricot on 16 540 ha


Gardeners in Asht district (Tajikistan) grow apricot on 16 540 ha

03/16/2020

A nursery is located on 0.55 hectares of the experimental plot, where apricot, cherry, apple, pear seedlings are mainly grown

Several thousand certified seedlings of the demanded apricot varieties Maisky, Mirsanjadi, Kandan, Nishoni, grown in their own nursery, were sold to farmers of the Sughd region in the early days of spring by specialists from the Asht district experimental site of the Sogd branch of the Institute of Horticulture and Vegetable Gardening of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of the Republic Tajikistan.

This experimental plot was created back in 1976, and its specialists are mainly engaged in research, breeding and testing of new productive varieties, cultivation, care and distribution of certified seedlings.

The experimental plot has 99 hectares of land on its balance sheet. Of these, a nursery is located on 0.55 hectares, where apricot, cherry, apple, pear seedlings are mainly grown. Another 0.5 hectares are reserved for the collection of local grape varieties, the same amount is occupied by rose hips, 2.3 hectares of land are forest land. The largest area – 80 hectares – is reserved for apricot orchards, where mainly apricots cultivated for export are grown. So last year, from this territory, the workers of the experimental plot collected a total of more than 190 tons of various apricot varieties. The yield of each hectare on average amounted to more than 38 centners.

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According to the director of the Agricultural Research Center of the Sughd Region, Ph.D. Daler Boboev, research on the experimental plot plays a significant role in the successful dissemination of modern technologies for growing fruit trees and combating their various diseases among farmers.

Of the 18,000 hectares available in the orchard area, 16540 hectares are occupied by apricot orchards. Farmers of the region export a significant portion of the grown produce outside the country. So, last year, Ashta gardeners shipped 2662 tons of fresh apricots only to foreign consumers, which is 789 tons more than in 2018 and 162 tons more than the whole republic exported apricots in the same 2018.

The main countries importing asht apricot were Kazakhstan, Russia, and Kyrgyzstan. In 2019, for the first time, apricots of the Asht region were also delivered to China.

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