Vegetables and fruits from Uzbekistan able to replace the Russians Turkish products, said arrived to Moscow with official visit the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov.
“Let us speak openly: Turkey, you see, today cannot provide due to some reasons, there is a serious reason to stop the supply. Tell me, is Uzbekistan produces less fruit and vegetables? Today Uzbekistan in 2016 plans to increase production of vegetables and fruits up to 4.5 million tons. This is the figure. And we are able not only to meet domestic demands for certain species, if that would be a long term plan is being implemented,” Karimov said after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin (quoted by “RIA Novosti”).
During the meeting of heads of state Putin thanked Karimov for the increased supply of vegetables and fruits. The total increase of such supplies in Russia Putin has estimated at 10%, noting that in some cases we are talking about the increase in several times and even dozens of times. For example, the Uzbek export of grapes to Russia increased 20-fold, and citrus — just in 54 times.
“This, of course, essential to the Russian market as a whole. I think that for your farmers this is also a great help to develop such a big market as the Russian market”, — said Putin.
In turn, Karimov has expressed willingness to discuss a further increase of trade turnover between Russia and Uzbekistan.
“I’d like to say on popular positions, which is a must, because well, is not growing grapes in Moscow and in St. Petersburg, not growing. Not to mention other positions. The best fruits and vegetables — naturally, we believe, is in Uzbekistan. Muscovites know it, and I think that Uzbekistan is open for these in-demand positions,” — said Karimov.
Tashkent has previously called on the Russian authorities to help establish direct deliveries to Russia of Uzbek vegetables and fruits, refusing the services of intermediaries from entering into the Customs Union of Kazakhstan.
“The volume of deliveries of our fruits and vegetables to Kazakhstan this year increased by 10% and so much fell in Russia, because the Uzbek production are not those of tariff preferences that have partners in the Customs Union”, — stated in November 2014 first Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Rustam Azimov at the meeting of the intergovernmental Commission on economic cooperation between Uzbekistan and the Russian Federation.
In 2015 year in Uzbekistan, as noted in the lead year-end report, Karimov, had grown more of 12.59 million tons of vegetables, 1.85 million tons of watermelons and melons, 1,556 million tons of grapes and over 2,731 million tons of fruit.
Later, the Ministry of agriculture and water resources of Uzbekistan reported that by 2020 the volume of production of vegetables is expected to increase by 30%, and of grapes and fruit — by 21.5%.
In accordance with the decree of the government of the Russian Federation adopted in accordance with the presidential decree on application of special economic measures in relation to Turkey, from 1 January 2016 in Russia prohibits the importation of Turkish vegetables and fruits: tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, cauliflower, broccoli, fresh and dried oranges, mandarins and their hybrids, fresh apples, pears, apricots, peaches, nectarines, plums and sloe, as well as grapes, and strawberries.
In addition, since March 17, 2016, the Rosselkhoznadzor banned the import to Russia of peppers and pomegranates from Turkey, and from April 25 — eggplant.