Uzbekistan harvested 1.8 million tonnes of table grapes in 2021, 11.5% more than in 2020, EastFruit analysts report, referring to the data by the Ministry of Agriculture published at the end of last year.
As EastFruit analysts noted earlier, low precipitation in spring, problems with irrigation in the central and southern regions of the country, as well as hot and dry summers, led to a decrease in grape yields in Uzbekistan in 2021. Despite this, the volume of production of table grapes in 2021 was still higher than in 2020, due to the expansion of vineyard areas. Over the past few years, Uzbekistan has been actively expanding the area of vineyards, with tens of thousands of hectares of new vineyards having been planted. Over the past four years, 210 billion UZS ($19.6 million) of subsidies have been allocated to the sector. As a result, the average wholesale prices for grapes in Uzbekistan in the 2021 season were about 25% lower than in 2020.
The analysis of prices, production and export of grapes in Uzbekistan, plans to further expand the area of vineyards in the country are available in the EastFruit material “Uzbekistan 2021: fruits, nuts, grapes – the analysis of prices, production and exports”. In addition, the broad-scale concessional financing announced by the government in the last months of 2021, subsidies and a new system for the development of the fruit and vegetable sector of Uzbekistan will also contribute to the increase in vineyards in the country.
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