Uzbekistan, Central Asia and Ukraine – in the focus of the international fruit portal Fruitnet


Uzbekistan, Central Asia and Ukraine – in the focus of the international fruit portal Fruitnet

03.09.2020

Large volumes of dried apricots and other dried fruits and even dried vegetables are exported to the EU from Uzbekistan and other countries of the region

There is very little information in the leading horticultural countries of the world about what is happening in the countries of Central Asia. They are often forgotten and paid very little attention to them, despite the fact that Uzbekistan is already among the world leaders in terms of the export of many fruits.

To fill this gap, Andrey Yarmak, Investment Economist at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), was interviewed for the Fruitbox podcast, the influential global Fruitnet portal hosted by Chris White, highlighting the enormous opportunities Central Asia has in the fruit and vegetable business.

In particular, Andrei Yarmak noted that perhaps many in the EU have already tried products from Central Asia, without even knowing about it. For example, Germany and Great Britain are already buying large volumes of raisins from Uzbekistan – last year Germany received 3.3 thousand tons of Uzbek raisins and the UK – about 500 tons. Also, large volumes of dried apricots and other dried fruits and even dried vegetables from Uzbekistan and other countries of the region are exported to the EU.

Melon from Uzbekistan has already become a favorite among German consumers. In 2019, 560 tons of Uzbek melon covered the difficult and long journey from Uzbekistan to Germany! In addition, trial wholesale deliveries of fresh table grapes and persimmons of Uzbek production were made. Poland imports an even wider range of fresh fruits and dried fruits from Uzbekistan. Well, do not forget that a couple of years ago significant volumes of onions were exported from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan to the EU countries. When these countries begin to develop the freezing industry, they may well provide significant additional volumes of supplies of frozen vegetables and fruits to the EU countries.

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Andrey Yarmak compared Uzbekistan to Chile, since both countries have a unique climate and are located quite far from the main consumers of the products. He also believes that Russia will remain a key market for vegetables and fruits from these countries, but further development of production technologies and expansion of the range will allow Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and other countries in the region to diversify exports. In particular, he pointed to two potentially interesting sales markets for these countries: China and the countries of Southeast Asia.

In an interview, the speaker also touched on the development of the fruit and vegetable business in Ukraine, noting that the berry and nut business is developing most dynamically, although most of all in the world they talk about an apple from Ukraine.

You can listen to the podcast in English here.

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