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Uzbekistan Wheat Production Rises

04 December 2012
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

UZBEKISTAN - Uzbekistan's MY (market year) 2012/13 wheat production currently stands at 6.7 million tons, which is 400,000 tons more than the previous year.

About 50-55 per cent of the crop is considered to be of milling quality. Kazakhstan still remains as the major source for wheat and but less for wheat flour imports. Wheat, wheat flour, and bread prices have all risen in the past few months, first of all, keeping with rising world prices and secondly, because of the increasing pace of inflation.

According to trade sources Uzbekistan’s MY2011/12 wheat imports are estimated at 1.7 MT. MY2012/13 wheat imports are preliminarily forecast to decrease to 1.45 MMT mainly due to increased production this year. More than 85 per cent of this volume is imported from Kazakhstan.

Therefore, Kazakhstan firmly remains the main supplier of high quality wheat and wheat flour to Uzbekistan. Reportedly, in 2011 Kazakhstan exported 1.23 MMT of wheat flour to Uzbekistan. However, experts believe that in 2012-2013 the export of Kazakh wheat flour to Uzbekistan will decrease, as Uzbekistan introduced a 15 per cent excise duties for flour.

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