Uzbekistan has multiplied the export of watermelon and sweet cherry to Belarus in 2021
According to EastFruit analysts, in 2021 Uzbekistan delivered record volumes of sweet cherries and watermelons to the Belarusian market.
The volume of supplies of Uzbek cherries to Belarus for the export season in 2021 increased 7.5 times compared to 2020 and reached 633 tons. The export of watermelon reached almost 1,000 tons and grew even sharper – 9 times per year! The export volumes of both sweet cherries and watermelons from Uzbekistan to Belarus were record high.
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Earlier, Uzbekistan focused more on exports to the Russian Federation, and Belarus bought cherries from Turkey, Greece, Ukraine and other countries that are geographically closer than Uzbekistan. Belarus usually bought early watermelons from Kazakhstan and Turkey. This year, the same countries also supplied large volumes of early, by the standards of Belarus, watermelon. However, obviously, the total volume of its consumption also increased, because the volume of exports of watermelon from Uzbekistan and even from Spain and Georgia to Belarus also increased.
It is very important for Uzbekistan to diversify the markets for sweet cherries, because this year prices for Uzbek cherries have literally collapsed at the end of the season. This is due to the fact that the traditional technology of growing and processing cherries is too ineffective and reduces the export opportunities for this trendy type of fruit. But modern technologies that allow to obtain large-fruited export-quality sweet cherries are still rare.
However, the volume of exports of both cherries and watermelons to Belarus cannot be called significant for Uzbekistan, against the background of the volumes supplied to Russia. Nevertheless, in any case, market diversification is a positive trend.