The first batches of fresh apricots were exported about 10 days ago from the southernmost region of Uzbekistan – the Termez district of the Surkhandarya region, EastFruit experts report.
According to the administration of the Surkhandarya region, the SPN Humo agro agricultural enterprise with plantations located in the Termez region, has already exported several tens of tonnes of fresh apricots of early varieties of the new crop.
“Termez region is located in the very south of Uzbekistan, and thanks to the climate, vegetables and fruits ripen there much earlier than in other regions of the country. Therefore, our company has established plantations of early varieties of apricots on 58 ha and peach plantations on 30 ha there. In the current season, we plan to harvest about 270-300 tonnes of apricots and send them for export,” said Nurbek Alikulov, director of SPN Humo Agro, in an interview with the press service of the regional administration. This is a company with foreign capital, the founders of which are investors from Turkey.
The total area of orchards of the SPN Humo agro company in the Termez district of the Surkhandarya region is 106.3 ha. Of these, early apricot varieties are planted on 58 ha, the seedlings of which were brought from Turkey, Italy and Greece.
According to preliminary data from the Customs Committee, over the past ten days, Uzbekistan has exported over 200 tonnes of fresh apricots.
We remind you that until 2021, fresh apricot was the fastest growing Uzbek export commodity among fruits, increasing at a high rate annually. In 2020, Uzbekistan surpassed even Turkey in terms of apricot exports for the first time and became second in the world after Spain, which exported 96 000 tonnes that year. However, the volume of fresh apricot exports from Uzbekistan dropped sharply in 2021 and turned out to be the lowest in the last 5 years. As EastFruit experts have repeatedly noted, the main reason for this was the weather anomalies in winter and early spring of 2021, which caused huge damage to the potential apricot crop in Uzbekistan.
Photo: Telegram channel of the press service of the administration of the Termez district of the Surkhandarya region of Uzbekistan
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