on the conference held in the National Press Center by «Uzulgurjisavdoinvest» Association
A press conference on “the activities of the Association «Uzulgurjisavdoinvest» and regional wholesale trade bases on the safety of food in the domestic consumer market and providing retail trade sector with wide range of consumer goods” on May 2, 2014
The Association of wholesale trade companies «Uzulgurjisavdoinvest» was established based on the decree of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan from 2006 on “Measures to create favorable conditions to liberate and develop wholesale and retail trade” and resolution dating March 6, 2006 on “the Establishing the association of wholesale trade bases” with the purpose of organizing the activities of the regional wholesale trade bases.
After the resolution of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan from March 30, 2011 on “the Reformation of the system of the Association «Uzulgurjisavdoinvest» and raising the effectiveness of its activities”, the direction of its functions expanded. The association is fulfilling its assigned tasks such as wholesale purchase of local food products, especially, fruits and vegetables, their storage and regular supply of the population.
Furthermore, the Association carries out the regular supply of retail trade sector with important household food products to the domestic consumer market, especially, for the populations living in remote countryside and regions with limited access. Along with this, the association is fully implementing its objectives including development of material-technical base of wholesale bases, building of specialized storage houses for fresh fruit and vegetables, reconstruction, modernization and improvement with modern appliances. Today based on the Agreement on “mutual cooperation under the system of the association and obligations of the parties”, 57 wholesale trade bases and companies are functioning.
During the 1st quarter of the present year, regional wholesale trade bases under the association have delivered consumer goods worth 218 billion sums to the population through 2900 firms and 1300 retail trade branches functioning on a contract basis; out of this, products worth 50 billion sums have been delivered and sold to far, mountainous and remote areas.
To store the products purchased wholesale, companies under the system own 116 000 m2 non-refrigeration and 60 000 m2 refrigeration storage houses. Out of this, 50 000 m2 is storage area and 35 000 tons of refrigeration capacities specialized to store agricultural products – potatoes, carrots, onions, fruits, vegetables and meat products; others are food storage houses – flour, vegetable oil, sugar, pulses, canned food and other products.
During the years 2011-2013, modern refrigeration capacities of 38440 tons have been set going though new construction, reconstruction and modernization in the Republic of Korakalpoghiston and the regions. 25.2 billion Sums capital, capital of the bases and bank credits, has been spent on this.
In order to supply the population of the Republic with necessary products for the 2013-2014 winter-summer season, storage of 65 000 tons of agricultural products have been created. In particular, 12 900 tons of potatoes, 13100 tons of onions and 12 600 tons of vegetables have been stored. Based on the instructions of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan, these products will be sold during the months of February-May in accordance with designated schedule in specially organized trade stores of the Republic.
For the purposes of satisfying the needs of the population in consumer goods and filling the domestic market with competitive goods, 48 modern mini factories for producing and reproducing food products have been established by the wholesale bases, including 18 projects of producing loaf bread and bakery products. Last year, products worth 5.8 billion sums have been produced in these factories. Besides, joint-stock companies established under the society have produced polypropylene bags, plastic bags and scented soap.
During January-March of this year, these industrial factories have produced food products worth 3.1 billion sums, including loaf bread worth 1.2 billion sums, sugary sweets worth 1.4 billion sums and floury sweets worth 200 million sums, macaroni worth 300 million sums, and delivered to the consumers.
In order to increase food resources cattle-breeding farms have been established. In these farms, 1000 cattle and 674 sheep are kept. Besides this, for creating new intensive gardens 122 ga fields have been sown more than 50 000 fruit trees. Also, 4.500 plants are planned to be sown.
Plans are enormous. 76 projects are planned on building 18 bread, macaroni and sweets producing factories, 18 factories of reproducing food, non-food and agricultural products, establishing poultry, cattle-breeding, fishery and bee-breeding farms, also, construction of trade, dining and every day service entities. For the realization this program 24 billion sums will be spent. Also, it is planned to create 580 employment opportunities this year.
Representatives of the Association participating in the conference discussed the main task – an uninterrupted supply of the population of our Republic with socially important and other products, growing agricultural products, increasing food storage through reproduction, and ensuring the safety of consumer market, and works have been done to carry out these tasks, also, future tasks. Answers have been given to the questions of the journalists.