Sup­port­ing Small Busi­nesses

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - FRONT PAGE - Khur­shid Ra­sulov

The at­ten­tion paid to de­vel­op­ing small busi­ness and pri­vate en­trepreneur­ship in our coun­try, in­creas­ing vol­umes and im­prov­ing the qual­ity of pro­duc­tion ow­ing to the wide­spread in­tro­duc­tion of mod­ern tech­nolo­gies into the sphere gives good re­sults.

Farm­ers of the Kashkadarya re­gion in 2016 put on the do­mes­tic mar­ket about 1.5 mil­lion tons of veg­eta­bles and fruits. Im­preg­nated with the rays of the sun, grown on the fer­tile soil of our coun­try, they are rich in use­ful el­e­ments, have high taste and nu­tri­tional char­ac­ter­is­tics.

In re­cent years, the re­gion has paid spe­cial at­ten­tion to the pro­cess­ing of agri­cul­tural prod­ucts. En­trepreneurs that be­gin their ac­tiv­i­ties in this di­rec­tion are fully sup­ported. In 2016, over

10,000 tons of fruits and veg­eta­bles were pro­cessed here, and this fig­ure is ex­pected to in­crease this year.

At the fruit pro­cess­ing plant «Dar­mon shar­bat­lari» of the Yakkabag district, juices are pro­duced in one and a half and three­l­iter pack­ag­ing.

«De­spite the fact that we re­cently started our ac­tiv­ity, we pro­duce 12 tons of prod­ucts a day,» said the plant's tech­nol­o­gist Ga­fur Ju­raev. “Mod­ern en­ergy-sav­ing tech­nolo­gies al­low us to process up to 20 tons of fruits and veg­eta­bles per day. At the mo­ment we mainly pro­duce ap­ple juice, which we sup­ply to the do­mes­tic mar­ket. We have the op­por­tu­nity to pro­duce juices from grapes, pome­gran­ate and other fruits and veg­eta­bles. Af­ter us­ing our work­shops at full ca­pac­ity, the range of prod­ucts will reach nine types.”

The pro­duc­tion pro­cesses here are au­to­mated, which en­sures high pro­duc­tiv­ity and prod­uct qual­ity. Juice is made by press­ing fruit. First, the raw ma­te­rial is washed and sorted, then crushed. The re­sult­ing liq­uid is fil­tered, heated in a spe­cial con­tainer to 80 de­grees of heat and cooled. Fin­ished prod­ucts are packed in one- and three-liter asep­tic pack­ages.

Raw ma­te­ri­als are pur­chased from the pop­u­la­tion, farm­ers and dehkan farms. Or­ga­nized three years ago, an in­ten­sive gar­den on the square in 20 hectares be­gan to bring the har­vest. This sea­son, with each ap­ple tree in the gar­den, 20-30 kilo­grams of fruits are col­lected. The en­tire crop is sent for pro­cess­ing. As a re­sult of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of promis­ing projects, about 30 new jobs will be cre­ated.

«I grad­u­ated from the lo­cal agroin­dus­trial pro­fes­sional col­lege,» says Nar­giza Nar­monova from the vil­lage of Esat in the Yakkabag district. “The open­ing of such a mod­ern in­dus­trial en­ter­prise in our district turned out to be very use­ful for us, the youth. All con­di­tions for work­ers are cre­ated here.”

The prod­ucts, which oc­cupy ever stronger po­si­tions on the mar­ket, are to the lik­ing of large cus­tomers. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the en­ter­prise took part in the 2nd In­ter­na­tional fruit and veg­etable fair, which was held from 6 to 8 Septem­ber this year in Uz­ex­pocen­ter. Pre­sented on a spe­cial stand, nat­u­ral juices aroused great in­ter­est among for­eign buy­ers. In par­tic­u­lar, Rus­sian part­ners ex­pressed their de­sire to ac­quire them, and cor­re­spond­ing agree­ments were reached.

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