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Turkmenistan increases production of fruit and vegetables

Last year, agricultural producers in Turkmenistan harvested a rich yield of cucurbitaceous crops, fruits, vegetables and leguminous crops. The private sector has played an important role in strengthening the potential of agriculture and in the realization of the Government programmes of import substitution and export orientation.

According to the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan (UIET), the biggest part of food production has been grown by private farms and entrepreneurship structures. In 2019, they produced more than 26,000 tons of tomatoes, 14,500 tons of cucurbitaceous crops, more than 7,000 tons of fruits and berries and 6,400 tons of leguminous crops.

Turkmen entrepreneurs work on increasing food production volumes by developing new land, expansion of fields for gardens and vineyards, and building greenhouses. As a result, agricultural produce worth more than 25 million US dollars was sold to the Russian Federation and other CIS countries in 2019.

Export of tomatoes has been significantly increased in 2019. Export volumes of this vegetable crop was 16,000 tons last year. Many farms are specialized in year-round indoor cultivation of tomatoes using innovative technologies of plant care.

More than 6,000 tons of fruits and cucurbitaceous crops, around 4,000 tons of leguminous crops have been produced last year. A significant part of fruits and vegetables is exported to the CIS countries.

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