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The cost of fruit and vegetable products on store shelves in Novosibirsk has increased on average by 18.5 percent. Andrew Hardin, general director of the greenhouse complex Novosibirsky, said that it is due to the lack of a market for local agricultural products, which have almost completely been replaced by imported products.

Kazakhstan has decided to reduce food imports significantly by 2020. The Minister of Agriculture has announced that the government had decided to reduce food imports. Considering the volume too high thus the imports of dairy products representing 13% of total imports of the country, sweets 18% and fruits and vegetables 6%.

This year Uzbekistan has set aside 3,000 hectares for new fruit orchards, including 9,900 hectares of vineyards and 5,900 hectares for intensive horticulture, according to the internet portal 2news.uz.

Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Djoomart Otorbaev said during a parliamentary meeting that in order to implement the road map for entry into the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan $400 million would be needed.

Kyrgyz farmers have bought a total of 678 MT of seed potatoes at 1000 euros per MT from Holland, Kyrgyzstan Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation Taalaibek Aidaraliev said at a press conference.

Three greenhouses and six modern vegetable warehouses are currently under construction near Kazakhstan's capital of Astana, according to a report of the online publication Kazinform.

The government of Kyrgyzstan has adopted a draft roadmap for the country's accession to join the Russia-led Customs Union, as announced by Kyrgyzstan's Economic Minister Temir Sariev on May 12.

The proposal to connect the capital of Kazakhstan to the Russian city of Chelyabinsk was made by Alexander Misharin, vice president of Russian Railways, according to an article published in the periodical Vedomosti titled "The Heart of the Matter: Speed and Logistics".

Kyrgyzstan has a lot of opportunity to produce fruit products in the territory of Uzbekistan, said Joern Rieken, trade policy specialist and Aide for Trade Team leader at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Center, during UNDP's Trade and Human Development in Central Asia presentation.

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