Increasing competition forces Tajik farmers to re-profile their farms


Increasing competition forces Tajik farmers to re-profile their farms

01/28/2020

A number of farmers growing tomatoes in greenhouses are considering abandoning tomatoes and making lemons

Small-caliber lemons (matchbox size) appeared in the Tajik retail network. In the markets they are offered at 4-6 somoni ($ 0.4-0.6) per 1 kg.

These lemons are not only smaller in size than the fruits familiar to Tajiks, but also have a lighter color and greater acidity.

Industry experts say this is a Meyer lemon that has been successfully cultivated in Tajikistan. And the small size is explained by the fact that this is a re-harvest of lemon trees. The first, main, crop in the current season in Tajikistan was very high, with large, brightly colored, juicy and high-quality fruits. Against the background of the excess supply of lemon, citrus fruit prices have significantly decreased this winter compared to last year.

More affordable prices for this product persist from December last year to the present. Many industry experts do not consider this price reduction critical. In their opinion, farmers still make good profits from their lemonaria.

In the Sughd region of Tajikistan, a number of farmers growing tomatoes in greenhouses are considering abandoning tomatoes and making lemons. With the commissioning of a large modern greenhouse in the Spitamen district, market competition increased, and an increase in tomato supply led to lower prices in the region.

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In addition, already this spring, it is expected to launch a large greenhouse in Babacan, Gafurovsky District. It will be difficult for small producers of greenhouse tomatoes to compete with high-tech industries. That is why they are considering focusing on growing other crops. One of the most popular options was lemon.

But the decline in lemons prices this season is forcing farmers to rethink their plans.

According to local agricultural experts, it is possible to increase income from growing greenhouse tomatoes and lemons not by re-profiling farms, but by constantly improving the quality of farmed products and expanding markets for their sale, including export.

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