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Information digest 39

 

 

February 25, 2013

 

ECONOMY

Industrial production of Uzbekistan grows by 7.7% in 2012
Uzbekistan produces agriculture products for 24.37 trln. soums

BUSINESS CLIMATE

Competitive Technologies

SOCIETY

A Center of Hope

 

ECONOMY



Industrial production of Uzbekistan grows by 7.7% in 2012

Industrial production of Uzbekistan grew by 7.7% year-on-year to 50.731trillion soums (official exchange rate of 22.02.2013 $1=2015.76 UZS) in January-December 2012, the State Statistics Committee of Uzbekistan said.

In the reporting period, Uzbekistan produced consumer goods worth 17.977(8.988 mlrd) trillion soums (+7.6% year-on-year). The volume of produced food products reached 7.947(3.973mlrd) trillion soums (+8.4%) and non-food good – 10.03 5.150mlrd trillion soums (+7%).

Fuel industry (18.3% from total industrial output), machinery and metal processing (17%), food industry (14%) and light industry (12.9%) had the largest share in industrial production.

At the same time, share of fuel industry in total industrial production grew by 1 percentage point compared to 2011 and machinery and metal processing – 0.8 percentage points. Share of light industry fell by 0.5 percentage points and food industry – 0.1 percentage points.

Fuel industry produced goods for 9.295 trillion soums (+6.2%), machinery and metal processing – 8.628 trillion soums ($) (+12.4%), light industry – 6.529 trillion soums (+12%) and food industry – 7.088 trillion soums (+6.5%). (Source: UzDaily.com).



Uzbekistan produces agriculture products for 24.37 trln. soums

The gross agricultural output in Uzbekistan made up 24.37 trillion soums (official exchange rate of 22.02.2013 $1=2015.76 UZS) in 2012 or grew by 7% year-on-year, the State Statistics Committee of Uzbekistan said.

Share of plant-growing made up 14.155 trillion soums (+7%) and animal husbandry – 10.215 trillion soums (+7.1%).

Share of dehkan farms in total volume of agriculture production made up 63.5% in 2012 (63.7% in 2011) and farms – 34.4% (34.1%), as well as agriculture enterprises – 2.1% (2.2%).

Plant-growing

In January-December 2012, the share of crop production in total agricultural output was 58.1% against 57.8% in 2011.

Total sown area of agricultural crops for the yield of 2012 in farms of all types was 3.627 million hectares.

The area under grains was 1.627 million hectares (1.3% more than in 2011), including wheat – 1.404 million hectares (-2%).

The area under allocated under cotton made up 1.308 million hectares (-1.6%). Areas allocated to potatoes rose 3.4%, vegetables – 4.7%. Areas for melons and gourds increased by 17% and forage crops – 0.2%.

In 2012, all categories of farms thrashed 7.515 million tonnes of grain, of which 6.794 million tonnes were grain products, including 6.612 million tonnes of wheat.

In the reporting period, Uzbekistan produced 2.056 million tonnes of potatoes, 7.766 million tonnes of melons and gourds, 2.053 million tonnes of fruits and berries, and 1.205 million tonnes of grapes.

Animal husbandry

In 2012, the share of animal production in total agricultural output was 41.9%.

As of 1 January 2013, the population of cattle increased by 498,800 heads (by 5.2%), including cows by 56,800 heads (1.5%), sheep and goats - by 941,700 heads (5.8%), poultry - by 4.755 million heads (11.1%).

In the total stock, the share of cattle in dekhkan farms was 93.8%, in private farms – 5.2%, cows – 94.5% and 4.7%, sheep and goats – 82.7% and 7.4%, pigs – 80.9% and 8.6, poultry – 64.1% and 12.1% respectively.

Last year farms of all types produced 1,673 million tonnes of meat in living weight (7% more than in 2011), 7.311 million tonnes of milk (8.1%), 3.874 billion eggs (12.6%), 31,100 tonnes of wool (8.3%), and 1,117 million pieces of karakuls (9.3%).

The share of dekhkan farms in total production of meat was 94.7%, milk – 95.9%, and eggs – 54.6%, wools – 86.1% and karakul – 66.8%.

Private farms

The output produced by private farms in January-December 2012 was 8.377 trillion soums or rose by 5.9% year-on-year. Share of farms in total agriculture output was 34.4%.

Total area of lands, issued to farmers, made up 5.854 million hectares, the State Statistics Committee of Uzbekistan said.

As of 1 January 2013, the number of cattle in private farms was 524,900, including cows by 183,100, sheep and goats – by 1.267 million, poultry – by 5.74 million.

Compared to 2011, the number of cattle in private farms has increased by 17,700 (by 3.5%), including cows by 9,100 (by 5.2%), sheep and goats – by 64,000 (by 5.3%), poultry – by 765,400 (by 15.4%). (Source: UzDaily.com).



BUSINESS CLIMATE



Competitive Technologies

Domestic producers to receive more support

Uzbekistan has prepared a set of measures to increase the production of high-quality and competitiveness of the domestic consumer and anti implementation of smuggled and counterfeit products.

The Uzbek President instructed a number of ministries and departments to review the list and product mix of imported consumer goods and by 1 March 2013 send to the Cabinet of Ministers proposals on a sharp reduction in the number and volume of their delivery. This should expand the scope and assortment of domestic enterprises of food and non-food items as part of special programs.

To strengthen the fight against counterfeiting, the State Customs Committee, together with other relevant ministries and agencies to develop proposals for further expansion of the list of consumer goods marked by special control identification signs.

Moreover, to note, in the next few months a number of new rules for importers will come into effect in the country. For instance, starting from 1 April 2013 carriers, which import or transit goods across the customs border of Uzbekistan, will be required to submit to customs authorities at border crossings the information about transported goods, including their titles, numbers, weight, and cost of goods as well as their codes in accordance the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System. At the same time, rules of mandatory reporting of export goods declaration by importers-entrepreneurs will be introduced to confirm the customs value of goods imported into the customs territory of Uzbekistan using privileges on tax payments.

In addition, starting from July of this year, imported food products, personal care products and other consumer items on a list approved by the Government, should have mandatory labeling in the state language stamped by manufacturers.

On the other hand, Uzbekistan plans to implement a number of measures to support domestic producers. For example, in March of this year, during the International Industrial Fair and Cooperation Exchange, as well as territorial and branch-wise fairs specialized domestically produced consumer goods fair will be conducted. In this case, now they will be buying for all domestic consumers through direct contracts without additional tenders. To improve the competitiveness and quality of domestic products, by 1 March of this year implementation schedules of introduction at consumer goods manufacturing plants of ISO-9001 standard quality management systems to be developed. (Source: Uzbekistan Today newspaper).



SOCIETY



A Center of Hope

Stem Cell Transplantation Center at the Research Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion is about to be commissioned.

“Institution of the center took about four years. It was established in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Fund Forum and Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TICDA). The center is provided with modern equipment, and all of his specialists underwent internships in leading Turkish hospitals. Finally, the launch has started. All life support and patient care systems are currently tested. This all is new for us, for during treatment the patients will be kept in an area of ​​absolute sterility,” said Alonur Saidov, Director of Research Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion.

Reception of the first patients for the stem cell transplantation is scheduled for the coming months, the officials say. They will be treated by local specialists jointly with their Turkish colleagues.

Stem cell transplantation is the only way to reboot the immune system of the patients in whom it almost ceased to fight cancerous cells. For the first time in the country’s medicine the center will perform an operation on transplantation of patient's own stem cells. That is, first the stem cells will be obtained from the patient, cleaned from malignant cells, and then re-injected into his body. (Source: Uzbekistan Today newspaper).

 

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