"We have been striving for this for thirty years. It is necessary to continue a scientific approach to improve the efficiency" - Shavkat Mirziyoyev
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited the "In vitro" LLC laboratory "Sag Agro" in the Jambay district of the Samarkand region.
The $ 2.6 million project was launched in 2019. As a result, the procurement of seedlings of fruit and ornamental trees of foreign varieties has been established.
Growing seedlings in local conditions helps prevent the penetration and spread of various diseases through imported seedlings, moreover, local seedlings will reduce prices several times, which will give more acceptable prices for the final product. For example, if an imported walnut seedling costs between $ 5 and $ 20, a domestic one will cost $ 3–3.5.
The annual production capacity of the laboratory allows growing from 15 million to 20 million rootstocks and grafted seedlings. Currently, seedlings of such trees as walnuts, almonds, peaches, cherries, apricots, pears, and apple trees are harvested here.
“This is a revolutionary way to create added value. We have been striving for this for thirty years. It is necessary to continue to apply a scientific approach to improve efficiency, - said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
After the laboratory reaches full capacity in 2024, it will be possible to grow 20 million seedlings per year. It is planned to export the seedlings from 2023. 140 new jobs have been created in this laboratory and greenhouse.