Not Worse than in France
A number of projects are being realized in Uzbekistan to further develop the wine industry, create new, popular and promising grape varieties that are in high demand in the global market.
The joint-stock company Uzsharobsanoat together with the Uzbek State Research and Design Institute for Land Management conducted stock-taking of the areas allocated for vineyards. As a result, it was revealed that today the vineyards in the country occupy 73.3 thousand hectares, of which 11.5 thousand hectares are industrial plantations. Now, several promising varieties are grown on these vineyards.
In 2018-2023, Uzsharobsanoat plans to expand the territory of its vineyards from 4.3 thousand hectares to 20 thousand, which will create 3,200 new jobs.
“We also intend to plant vineyards this year from French seeds on 2.5 thousand hectares of land in the Ferghana, Samarkand, Andijan, Namangan, Bukhara, Khorezm, Tashkent regions and the Republic of Karakalpakstan. However, this does not mean that we will import only French seedlings, now the proposals of other countries are being studied, including those of Italy, the USA, and Chile,” said the head of the department for the development of industrial viticulture and raw material base of Uzsharobsanoat Dilshod Azimov.
According to him, for the production of high-quality goods, work is currently underway to modernize the capacities of enterprises that are part of the jointstock company.