The meeting was attended by the Deputy Minister of Agriculture Saidkamol Khodjaev, the head of the department of the Ministry of Economy and Industry Ms. Yulduz Abduganiyeva, the deputy rector of Gulistan State University Sulaymonov Amaliddin, as well as international experts and project personnel.
During the presentation of the implementation process, Ms. Beate Schoreit presented the achievements of the project, including the establishment of agricultural cooperatives in 4 regions of the country. These cooperatives use advanced European technologies in their activities and are aimed at ensuring the sustainable development of the regions by creating value chains.
During the meeting, the role of cooperatives in the integrated development of agriculture was separately noted.
“Along with agricultural clusters, cooperatives will help us achieve improved water and land use efficiency while increasing yields. We are grateful to the GIZ and the Delegation of the European Union for promoting cooperatives and spreading gained experience and knowledge in all regions of the country " - said Deputy Minister of agriculture Saidkamol Khodjaev in his speech
Along with this, the deputy head of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Uzbekistan noted that after the adoption of Presidential Decree №4239 “On measures for the development of agricultural cooperation in the horticulture industry”, 31 agricultural cooperatives were established in 8 districts of 4 regions of the Republic, which demonstrates great interest of Uzbek farmers in cooperation.
Saidkamol Khodjaev referenced to the Parkent district of the Tashkent region, as an example, where today there are 9 cooperatives with a total area of 4,400 hectares.
Through the course of the Steering Committee meeting, a positive assessment was given to the progress of the project, and a decision on cooperation between the Ministry of Agriculture and the project was taken. In particular, the parties agreed to work together on the development of agricultural cooperation in Uzbekistan by conducting trainings involving international experts and trainers on the principle of ToT (Training of Trainers), which will help spread knowledge throughout the country and ensure farmers' access to best practices in this sphere.
The members of the steering committee also familiarized themselves with the activities of the agricultural cooperative “Dehkonobod Asl Anori” which grows pomegranate and pomegranate juice. In addition, the group visited the experimental biological laboratory of Gulistan State University. On the basis of the laboratory, within the framework of the project farmers are provided with a wide range of soil analysis services. The laboratory is equipped within the framework of the project in order to help farmers understand the soil conditions of the region, as well as effectively plan soil fertilization for optimal plant growth and increase yield.