Tajik farmers modernize old vineyards


Tajik farmers modernize old vineyards

02/28/2020

14 farms update grape varieties and introduce modern technology in vineyards of 8 hectares

Combining their financial capabilities, 14 farms of the rural jamoat named after Dadoboy Kholmatov decided to renew their vineyards, covering a total area of ​​8 hectares. Using favorable weather, they began field work – they set up trellises, fertilize the soil and, after uprooting the old vineyards, prepare it for planting new grape seedlings.

Last year, experienced winegrower Nemat Usmonov held seminars in the vineyards of this rural jamoat, during which he spoke about the benefits of growing grapes using Pergola technology. Now, having listened to his advice and recommendations of the district agronomist, farmers decided to master this method. At the same time, some farmers are changing varieties of cultivated grapes. So did Fayzullo Tojiboev, who has a vineyard on an area of ​​90 acres. He used to grow grapes of three or four varieties here. Now the farmer decided to grow only Husaini black grapes. He justifies his choice by the fact that this grape variety is well exported.

In the photo: Fayzullo Tojiboev

His farm neighbor, a 10-year-old grower, Salimba Marofiev, is also updating his vineyards on an area of ​​70 acres, but remains faithful to his favorite grape variety – seedless raisins. He successfully sells his grown crop every year to traders from the city of Isfara who, buying up fresh grapes from several farmers, form a wholesale batch and export goods to Kazakhstan and Russia.

“I mainly export fresh raisins, I have almost no product left for drying,” the farmer admits.

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In the lands adjacent to their vineyards, other farmers grow apricots. When asked if he would like to plant young apricots on his land, Salimba Marofiev answered in the negative.

– The grapes of Tajikistan are favorably distinguished by their taste, and I noticed that every year the interest in it from foreign consumers is growing. I have my own reliable wholesale customers. The transition from viticulture to horticulture will require not only additional time, new knowledge and skills, but also a struggle to conquer the foreign market. Selling apricot in our country in Tajikistan is not very profitable, because the market is oversaturated with this product. The prospect of further development of apricot farming I see only in increasing its export potential. And in general I want to say that a farmer who loves the land and works on it wisely, will never be in the loser.

In the photo: Salimboy Marofiev

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