By Kamila Aliyeva
The volume of exports of fruits and vegetables in 2017 amounted to $708.8 million, which is almost 15 percent more than in 2016.
This follows from the preliminary review by the State Statistics Committee on Foreign Trade for January-December 2017.
Of the total volume of fruit and vegetable and products of their processing, the share of fruits and berries amounted to 35.9 percent (increase of 17 percent compared to the same period 2016), vegetables - 30.7 percent (+18.6 percent), grapes - 22, 5 percent (+12.2 percent), as well as processed fruits and vegetables - 4.1 percent (+49.9 percent).
The main foreign trade partners last year were Kazakhstan, Russia, Afghanistan, China, Turkey, Kyrgyzstan and Iraq.
The foreign trade turnover of the republic for the past year amounted to about $27 billion.
Of this amount, exports exceed imports by $ 945.5 million and make about $14 billion.
Agreements on the supply of fruit and vegetable products for 2018 and 2019 were previously signed with South Korea, China, Saudi Arabia, the U.S., Indonesia, Germany and other countries.
Uzbekzokovaktholding earlier announced its plans to expand the geography of exports to the countries of Southeast Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and North and Latin America.
The plans for 2018 also include creation of a network of logistics centers for further export, where the preparation, labeling and packaging of products will be carried out, introduction of advanced technologies in production and processing, and creation of a unified system for exporters of agricultural products.
Kamila Aliyeva is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Kami_Aliyeva
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