The president says that food prices are even higher than in the 1980s
Local 15 April 14:46
As a result of current worldwide circumstances, food prices in world market are rising faster than in the 1980's. This was announced at a video-conference chaired by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on ensuring price stability in the markets by increasing food production and creating additional conditions for business support.
It is stated that world food prices rose by 34 percent in March compared to the same period in 2021.
In particular, since the beginning of the year, world prices for wheat have increased by 20%, maize by 19%, feed grain by 20% and vegetable oil by 23%.
This year, water reserves in the Fergana valley, Tashkent region and Samarkand increased by 20%, but in Karakalpakstan, Bukhara, Kashkadarya, Surkhandaryna and Khorezm difficulties occurred with the water supply.
The doubling of world prices for mineral fertilizers and fuel will certainly have an impact on the cost and financial status of cluster products, farmers, and peasants.
The meeting stressed the need to effectively use the available land resources for the cultivation of 7.7 million tons of wheat and 23 million tons of fruits and vegetables in 2022 and to ensure the export of 1.5 billion dollars.
It was noted that more than 300,000 hectares of new land needed to be used effectively to increase food production.
To date, 80 thousand hectares of cotton and wheat fields have been reduced and handed over to 254 thousand people in an open competition. This means an additional 500 hectares of arable land in each area for food production. Life itself shows that we have started this reform in time and in the right way. That is why these lands should be a base for growing only food », – the President said.
For two weeks, officials have been tasked to:
- supply high-yielding seed varieties and holding of field fairs;
- organization of planting of crops on the principle of «one contour – one product»;
- expedite the conclusion of contracts for the guaranteed purchase of products.