On April 14, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev learned about the presentation on the development of the agricultural engineering cluster.
By the resolution of the President of Uzbekistan of July 31, 2019, a new system of state support for the production and purchase of agricultural machinery was created. It is now yielding its results. The farmers are getting access to production machinery. The subsidies for 23 billion Uzbek soums were allocated for the purchase of 1,6 thousand units of equipment in the first quarter of this year alone.
As a result of the modernization of production in 2021, the cost of tractors decreased to $4,6 thousand. Owing to this, the enterprises of the industry that had previously worked at a loss, have turned into profit.
A cluster of agricultural machinery is being created at the industrial cluster in Chirchik to develop the industry. The equipment of the former Technologist and Aggregate plants has been completely relocated here.
The work in this direction and plans were discussed during the presentation.
«The agricultural machinery is a large and important industry. The productivity and food security depend on it. There is still a lot to be done in terms of mastering the production of modern equipment, quality and service», Shavkat Mirziyoyev has said.
To organize systematic work, it was resolved to create a commission on agricultural machinery headed by the Prime Minister.
It was noted that, first of all, it is necessary to establish the production of cultivators, seeders, mowers, chisels and harrows based on the transferred capacities to the cluster in Chirchik. It is also set to relocate the Tashkent Tractor Plant and launch the cluster in January 2023. Before that, it was also noted that it is important to study the demand of agro-clusters and farmers, to form specific orders.
Today, there is a high demand for laser leveling equipment. In this regard, the responsible officials were instructed to establish the production of such equipment. The instruction was issued to completely abandon the outdated tractors and create a new domestic tractor model.
It was noted that the use of combines for cotton harvesting this year shall reach 35% this year and 50% in 2023.
There are also the opportunities to localize 90 types of components and reduce the cost of equipment by at least 12% by launching a foundry in Andijan by the end of the year.
Yet another problem that concerns the farmers and dekhkans is a repair, search for spare parts, and maintenance of equipment. In this regard, the President has noted the need to create a comprehensive system of implementation and maintenance in mechanical engineering, service centers and 100 mobile groups in 14 regions.
The tasks for training specialists in the operation of new equipment and the mechanization of agriculture as a whole were defined.