Project in Uzbekistan: Study visit around potato production

Following the various visits of French expert of the FN3PT* Mr Malet to Uzbekistan and the work done in the project demo fields, and, a study visit was organized by ADECIA from the 19th to the 26th of June in France in the framework of the European Project “Sustainable development in rural areas in Uzbekistan”.

The Uzbek delegation of 13 people consisted of people from the Minister of Economy, the Institute of Biorganica Chemistry, the Association of the Potato Producers of the Republic of Uzbekistan, State commission of the test of new varieties of Agricultural culture, the Agriculture University of Andijan, as well as the partner producers. They got an overview of all the French sector organization from the varietal development, the production, the storage, as well as thepackaging and commercialization. The delegation met the North Committee at Brette-Ville du Grand Caux, visited a storage unit near Bapaume, toured the Rungis international market, and exchanged experiences with a lot of French producers.

During this study visit, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed on the 26th Of June at Bonneval between the French National federation of the potatoes plants producers and the Association of the Potato Producers of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

In the continuity of this work, new missions are planned in July, August, and October related to the production and the organization of the sector and the functioning of cooperatives.. A tasting of the year’s harvests is planned for November in order to raise awareness among the consumers and the professionals of the Uzbek sector to the varietal aspect.