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Within the framework of the Project “Sustainable Development in Rural Areas of Uzbekistan”, co-funded by the European Union, four farmers’ cooperatives have been established in Namangan, Jizzakh, Syrdarya and Andijan regions in 2018. Moreover, on March 14, 2019, a Presidential Resolution (PP-4239) «Measures on further development of agricultural cooperation in the fruit and vegetable sector» has been adopted, in order to support farmers and fruit growers to develop the horticulture value chains, ensure the sustainability and competitiveness of fruits and vegetables production as well as to enhance export opportunities.
Information on the activity
Since the cooperation approach is quite new in Uzbekistan, the farmers as well as state agricultural agencies are short on knowledge in cooperative management and development. In order to support the government initiative and strengthen the capacity of newly established cooperatives, a multistage training on cooperatives’ management and operation has been organized for cooperative members, farmers and staff of state agricultural agencies.
The training is organized by the French Agency for the Development of International Cooperation in the Areas of Agriculture, Food and Rural Space (ADECIA) and delivered by the international expert on Farm Cooperative Management, Mr. Jacky Riquet.
The first series of trainings was conducted in March 2019, to start with understanding of cooperatives’ concept and principles. A separate session has been organized for the staff of the Ministry of Agriculture of RUz. Starting from April 20, the next training module on communication, negotiations and contracts was organized in Syrdarya and Andijan regions with the participation of Jizzakh and Namangan regions. The next training is planned for June 2019.
Brief information on the Project
The project “Sustainable Development in Rural Areas of Uzbekistan”, co-funded by the European Union, is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the French Agency for the Development of International Cooperation in the Areas of Agriculture, Food and Rural Space (ADECIA), the Italian Breeders Association (AIA) and the Bulgarian Centre for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development (CEED).
The project activities started in 2016 with support of the Ministry of Economy and Industry of the Republic of Uzbekistan. The project supports the development of potato, horticulture and livestock value chains. Activities are being implemented in Syrdarya, Kashkadarya and Jizzakh regions, as well as in the Ferghana Valley. In addition, the project aims at institutional development and building capacity of regional and local authorities in regional development planning.
As of today, the project initiated the formation of four agricultural cooperatives, as follows:
Furthermore, demonstration orchards, nurseries and processing facilities have been established in Namangan, Andijan, Syrdarya, Kashkadarya and Jizzakh in order to transfer EU know-how and expertise on the fruit and vegetable value chain development and support farmers and fruit producers to export value added products.
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