In a report released at a news conference in Dushanbe, the Minister of Agriculture Saadi Karimzoda noted on January 31 that Tajikistan last year exported a total of US$36 million worth of 208,000 tons of agricultural goods, which was 79,000 tons more than in 2020.

According to him, Tajikistan’s agricultural exports last year included onions, dried fruits and vegetables.  In 2021, Tajikistan reportedly exported agricultural goods to Russia, Kazakhstan, China and the European Union countries.

The Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Ms. Nigina Anvari, noted that last year's gross agricultural product from all categories of farms was 39.7 billion somonis (in current prices), including 28.7 billion somonis of crop growing products and 11 billion somonis of animal husbandry.

According to her, production of meats rose 9.0 percent last year, reaching 327,700 tons, including more than 44,000 tons of poultry meats.

Last year, Tajikistan produced 1.049 million tons of potatoes, Ms. Anvari added.  

Meanwhile, the agriculture minister found it difficult to answer the question about the reason for the rise in prices for mineral fertilizers in the country.  

“We cannot provide our agrarian sector with mineral fertilizers.  Our annual requirements in mineral fertilizers are 550,000 tons,” said Karimzoda.   “Last year, we imported more than 200,000 tons of mineral fertilizers worth 42 million U.S. dollars.”

Tajikistan fertilizers imports from Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Russia and Kazakhstan last year reportedly amounted to more than US$30 million, US$4.4 million, US$3.4 million and US$3.2 million, respectively.