NEWS AND EVENTS
January 24, 2014
Production of agriculture products rose 2.3 times
The volume of agriculture products in 2013 grew by 2.3 times compared to 2000, President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov said at the session of the Cabinet of Ministers of Uzbekistan on 17 January 2014.
The session summed up results of social-economic development of Uzbekistan for 2013 and approved main priorities of economic programmes for 2014.
President said that the production of agriculture products rose by 2.3 times in 2013 compared to 2000. He said that last year agriculture production rose by 6.8%, including plant growing – 6.4% and animal husbandry – 7.4%.
He added that the share of agriculture production in the gross domestic product (GDP) is decreasing despite the growth of agriculture production (from 30.1% in 2000 to 16.8% in 2013).
President Islam Karimov said that this show deep structural changes and gradual reforms in Uzbekistan. He said Uzbekistan is moving from agriculture country to industrially developed state.
He said that Uzbekistan is carrying out thoughtful policy on optimization of sown area and crop zoning allowed to decrease cotton production and increase production of other agriculture crops.
He said that compared to 2000 production of wheat rose 2 times, potatoes – 3.1 times, vegetables – 3.2 times, grape – 2 times, meat and milk – 2.1 times, eggs – 3,4 times.
President Islam Karimov said that last year the dehkans produced record 7.8 million tonnes of wheat, 8.4 million tonnes of vegetables and 3.36 million tonnes of raw cotton.
He expressed his gratitude to the farmers, who achieved such great results in 2013.
At the same time, he said that Uzbekistan creates multifield farms, which produce agriculture products and process them, render services to population. Currently, number of such farms reached 18,000, he added.
At the meeting, he said that Uzbekistan should work on improve soil conditions and work on creation of modern high efficient crops and agriculture technologies, as well as improve water use.
President said that Uzbekistan improved conditions of about 1.5 million hectares of irrigated since 2008. He said that the size of land with critical level of occurrences of underground waters decreased by 415,000 hectares or 10%. Number of heavy and medium saline lands fell by 113,000 hectares.
He recalled that Uzbekistan adopted the State programme on complex measures on improving land reclamation of irrigated lands and rational use of water resources for 2013-2017. He said that the state bodies and local administration should ensure full implementation of the programme, while the Cabinet of Ministers should undertake measures to control the realization of the document.