Agricultural Trade between Russia and Uzbekistan Increases to $130 million
In the first quarter of 2019, the volume of agricultural trade between Russia and Uzbekistan increased by 1.5% compared to the same period last year and amounted to $130 million. The Minister of Agriculture of Russia Dmitry Patrushev announced this during the meeting of the joint commission at the level of the heads of governments of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Uzbekistan, which was held on May 30.
“Growth became possible thanks to the signed agreements on the organization of the Green Corridor between the competent authorities of Russia and Uzbekistan. In addition, we also managed to build effective bilateral cooperation in phytosanitary surveillance,” Dmitry Patrushev said.
In March 2019, additional checkpoints were opened in a number of Russian cities within the framework of the Green Corridor. In addition, Russia lifted restrictions on the import of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as dried fruits and nuts from Uzbekistan in luggage and hand luggage
At the same time, according to the Minister, the parties need to intensify work on the integration of information systems in the field of plant quarantine and veterinary medicine. This will ensure traceability of moving controlled goods between Russia and Uzbekistan and can give a significant increase in trade in agricultural products.
The package of measures aimed at intensifying bilateral cooperation in agriculture in mid-term was summarized in the “Roadmap”, signed by the heads of agricultural departments on the sidelines of the Commission’s meeting. According to the Minister, the signing of this document will give an additional impetus to the development of Russian-Uzbek relations in agriculture.