As EastFruit analysts forecasted, Uzbekistan interrupted the trend of annual growth in the export volume of apples of summer varieties in 2021. Apart from weather anomalies, the reasons lie in the unexpected oversaturation of the Russian market with apples and a decrease in prices, because stocks in most countries of the region turned out to be record high as of May 1, 2021. As a result, prices for apples in Uzbekistan in summer were slightly lower than in Russia.
From May to July 2021, Uzbekistan exported only 1.6 thousand tonnes of early apples to the Russian market – almost 3 times less than in the same period of 2020.
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In this context, the export volumes of other Central Asian countries, primarily Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, are notable. Tajikistan exported more than 100 tonnes of summer apples to Russia (116 tonnes) for the first time, given growing apple production in the country and the active expansion of intensive and semi-intensive apple orchard areas. The volume of exports increased by 26% over the year.
The results of Turkmenistan turned out to be even more noteworthy: impressive 507 tonnes of early apples were exported to Russia in the summer, which is 30% more than in the same period last year.
Recall that apple prices in Russia were significantly lower in the summer 2021 than in 2020, so the growth in export volumes under these conditions shows the country’s competitiveness.
Both Turkmenistan and Tajikistan are still far from the volumes exported by Iran that supplied both early apples and apples of the winter varieties of the 2020 harvest from storage during this period. From May to July 2021, Iran increased its apple exports to Russia 3 times at once to 6.9 thousand tonnes.
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