A meeting of a group of participants of a project on creating the Netherlands Agrotechnology Center in Uzbekistan was held at the headquarters of the Netherlands’ Lely Company.
Representatives of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy of the Netherlands and a number of leading companies discussed the practical aspects of project implementation.
A full-cycle cluster will participate in the Center that is being created with technical assistance of the Netherlands groups of companies. It will introduce modern world and, in particular, Dutch technologies on cultivation of land, agricultural production, animal husbandry, as well as manure processing and storage of agricultural products and production of finished dairy products (Dutch cheese).
The Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the Benelux countries Dilyor Khakimov presented detailed information on the latest changes in the agro-industrial policy of the country, including the results of the last visit of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to Kashkadarya region. Particular emphasis was placed on presentation of privileged business conditions for foreign investors.
As it was emphasized, implementation of systemic measures in the agrarian sphere has allowed to achieve not only qualitative, but also very tangible quantitative results. In recent years, the volume of agricultural production has increased as a whole by more than two times. This made it possible to increase meat consumption per capita by 1.3 times, milk and dairy products – by 1.7 times, potatoes – by 7 times, vegetables – by more than 2 times, and fruits – by almost 4 times.
Experts estimate the export potential of the agrarian sector of Uzbekistan at more than 5 billion USD. The country is gradually becoming one of the major exporters of high qualitative and competitive fruits, vegetables and dairy products.
At the meeting, the Ambassador gave specific answers and substantive explanations on the issues raised by company representatives.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, following the meeting, an agreement was reached on starting the project in early 2019. In particular, in January – the first half of February next year, heads of companies included in the consortium will visit Uzbekistan.