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Pomegranate could be a new strategic priority for the fruit sector in Uzbekistan, but will it be possible to implement it

Published Apr 1, 2021

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In recent years, farmers in Uzbekistan have been actively expanding the area of pomegranate plantations. At the same time, the cultivation of pomegranates in Uzbekistan seems to be considered promising by both gardeners and officials of the country. Appetite for pomegranate is growing - especially in plans In September last year, EastFruit wrote about the country's plans to increase the total area of pomegranate gardens in the Fergana region to 20 thousand hectares, from which more than 200 thousand tons of pomegranate will be harvested per year.

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Two months later, the Ministry of Agriculture announced an increase in pomegranate plantations in the Kashkadarya region of Uzbekistan by another 2 thousand hectares. However, the appetite for pomegranate continues to grow. And last week it became known about an even more ambitious plan to increase the production of this crop in the southernmost region of the republic. The material of the National News Agency of Uzbekistan reports on the increase in the production of pomegranate in the Surkhandarya region and bringing the annual volume to 300 thousand tons in the foreseeable future. However, it is rather difficult to say what the “foreseeable future” is. Taking into account the plans in the Fergana and Kashkadarya regions, as well as existing plantations in other regions of the country, in the next 5-10 years the annual volume of pomegranate production in the republic may reach at least 600 thousand tons. Will the plans be realized? True, it must be said that all these are still ...
Source: Eastfruit
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