The Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Uzbekistan Jamshid Khodjaev and the President of the French company Rungis Semmaris Stefan Layani discussed joint projects in the agricultural sector, the Information Service of the Ministry of Agriculture of Uzbekistan reports.
During negotiations, participation of the French company Rungis Semmaris in 2019-2022 were in regards to the project for the construction of 8 large agro-logistics centres. The centres will have a capacity of 3 million tons and will be created on an area of 145 hectares in the Andijan, Bukhara, Jizzakh, Samarkand, Surkhandarya, Tashkent, Fergana, and Khorezm regions of Uzbekistan.
The cost of the project is equivalent to $244.7 million. The loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is $197 million. The contribution of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the project is $47.7 million
According to the Minister of Agriculture of Uzbekistan, further expansion of deep processing of products will give an impetus for further development of their food industry and an increase in exports.
Implementation of this project is within the framework of ADB’s Horticulture Value Chain Infrastructure Project in accordance with Uzbekistan’s Presidential Decree No. PP-4406 “On additional measures for deep processing of agricultural products and further development of the food industry” (dated 29 July 2019). It also includes the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan No. 761 on Measures to Implement the Project “Development of Infrastructure for the Value Chain in the Horticultural Sector” with the Participation of the Asian Development Bank (dated 11 September 2019).
Rungis Semmaris is one of the world’s largest wholesale food markets with turnovers of over $1.5 million per year and over 12 billion tons per year.
The meeting also identified specific tasks for the effective implementation of the joint project.
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