Uzbekistan and Belarus: cooperation and prospects in the agricultural sector
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) - Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Uzbekistan Jamshid Khodjaev met with a delegation of the Republic of Belarus headed by Minister of Agriculture and Food Ivan Krupko.
The group also includes Deputy Chairman of the Board of "Belkoopsoyuz" Inessa Korotkevich, Deputy Chairman of the concern "Belgospischeprom" Henrikh Chernyak, General Director of the Belarusian State Association for Pedigree Livestock Breeding "Belplemjivobedinenie" Ruslan Berezovik and others. On 4 March, J.Khodjaev spoke at the Eighth meeting of the Uzbek-Belarusian Intergovernmental Commission (IGC).
During the meeting, the ministers agreed to expand the range of mutually supplied agricultural products and food, discussed the possibilities of processing meat and dairy products. The Belarusian side is ready to share its experience in growing Belarusian varieties of sugar beet in Uzbekistan for possible further processing and industrial production of sugar in the country. It was also decided to resume the work of the interdepartmental working group on agriculture and the food industry, the last meeting of which was held in June 2019 in Minsk, as well as to expand the work already underway in the field of agriculture.
Close cooperation has been established between Uzbekistan and the Republic of Belarus in the field of agricultural trade, science and agricultural education. Active interaction is underway in the field of animal husbandry, veterinary medicine and crop breeding.
In the Tashkent region, the Research Institute of Vegetable and Melon Crops and Potatoes of Uzbekistan, together with the Scientific and Practical Center of Belarus for Potato and Horticulture, is testing 8 varieties of potatoes and 20 vegetable crops. Also 45 varieties of vegetables and 6 varieties of melons of Belarusian selection were obtained.
“Within the framework of the Agriculture Development Strategy of Uzbekistan, special attention is paid to the application of modern knowledge, technologies and innovations in agriculture. In connection with climate change, it is urgent to create drought-resistant, high-yielding and disease-resistant agricultural crops. We are ready to conduct joint research to improve plant protection against new types of pests and diseases. It is planned to develop cooperation on the basis of AKIS - a new system of knowledge and innovation in agriculture, and we are pleased to support the participation of Belarusian agricultural research institutions, scientists, specialists and agricultural enterprises in this system, - said Minister Jamshid Khodjaev at a meeting with the Minister of Agriculture and Food of the Republic of Belarus.
In another promising area - seed growing - the Seed Center of Uzbekistan and the Belsemena Association of Belarus are actively cooperating. In 2020, samples of seeds of peas, beans, carrots, onions, tomatoes and other crops of Uzbek selection were sent to Belarus for testing. Positive results have been obtained. At the same time, the seeds of tomatoes, onions, beets, radishes, carrots, beans of the Belarusian selection were successfully grown in the soil and climatic conditions of Uzbekistan.
In the field of education: joint faculties have been created between the Tashkent State Agrarian University (TashGAU) and the Grodno State Agrarian University in Tashkent and Andijan. From the 2019-2020 academic year, the admission of students to undergraduate studies in the areas of "plant protection and quarantine" and "technology of storage and processing of animal raw materials" has begun. The professors and teaching staff of the Tashkent State Agrarian University took advanced training courses at the Mogilev Food University.
“We are ready to cooperate, exchange experience and support in all agricultural areas,” said Minister Ivan Krupko to Minister J.Khodjaev. "We invite you and your team to take part in our annual international forum in Belarus. The Uzbek-Belarusian agrarian forum held last year played a significant role in expanding our cooperation."
Following the meeting, the parties discussed the creation of working groups between the ministries to exchange experience and further strengthen cooperation.