The total area of medium and large persimmon orchards in the Fergana region of Uzbekistan has increased from 604 hectares to 804 hectares, i.e. by 33%, over the past three years, EastFruit analysts report with reference to Uza.uz.
More than 10 varieties of persimmon are grown in the Fergana region. The leading regions in persimmon production are Altyaryk, Kuva, Fergana and Besharyk.
Fergana region is one of the leaders in the export of persimmon from Uzbekistan. It became the first in terms of persimmon exports by regions of Uzbekistan in 2021. According to the State Statistics Committee, 20.2 thousand tonnes of persimmons were shipped from the Fergana region to foreign markets in 11 months of 2021, which is 32.6% of the total exports of persimmons from Uzbekistan during this period.
Uzbekistan is one of the largest exporters of persimmons in the world and it has been among the Top-5 global exporters over the past few years. However, the mass harvest of persimmons in 2021 began 10 days later than usual and it was lower than in 2020 due to weather anomalies in winter and early spring of 2021. As a result, the purchase prices of exporters from farmers in 2021 were higher than in 2020. In addition, the volume of exports of persimmons from Uzbekistan in 2021 was 23% lower compared to the previous year. Details on how weather anomalies affected prices and export volumes of persimmons and other fruits, nuts and vegetables in Uzbekistan in 2021, are available in the comprehensive analysis by EastFruit experts.
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