Uzbekistan sets record on potato import

From January 1 to December 20, 2021, the volume of potato imports to Uzbekistan amounted to 516.2 thousand tons, which is 23% higher than the total imports in 2020.

By the end of 2021, Uzbekistan could enter the top five in the ranking of the largest potato importers (behind Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Italy). In addition, the country is expected to become the world's largest in consumer imports, surpassing the above countries. This is due to the fact that the countries ahead of Uzbekistan import most of the potatoes for processing and re-export them in the form of finished products - frozen fries and other potato products.

In order to abate the volume of potato imports next year, Uzbekistan plans to plant potatoes on 122,000 hectares, which is 40% more compared to 2021.