Topic & Summary
- February 7 to 11, 2017
- Scientific Resarch Institute of Horticulture, Viticulture and Winemaking named after Academician M. Mirzaev, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
- On January 27, 2016, KREI visited the Scientific Research Institute of Horticulture, Viticulture, and Winemaking named after Academician M. Mirzaev in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and had a policy meeting to discuss main objectives and the expected outcomes of the 2017 KAPEX Project. Both parties signed the Record of Discussions for the 2017 KAPEX Project, including joint research, KAPEX Training Programs, and KAPEX Result-sharing Workshops in Korea and Uzbekistan. They also discussed the current situation of the cherry industry and its value chain in Uzbekistan to understand the background of joint research.
- A Value Chain Analysis of the Uzbekistan Cherry Industry - Case Study in Samarkand Province
- Scientific Resarch Institute of Horticulture, Viticulture and Winemaking named after Academician M. Mirzaev
1st Field Survey
- From May 14 to 20, 2017, the KAPEX Joint Research team visited Tashkent and Samarkand to conduct the 1st field survey. They diagnosed the producing, marketing and quarantine systems of the cherry industry in the Samarkand region through interviews of stakeholders in the value chain. To analyze the current situation and the problem regarding the plant quarantine, the team had interviews with related institutions, including KOPIA, the Scientific Research Institute of Horticulture in Samarkand, the State Standard Agency, and the Main State Inspection on Plants Quarantine.
2nd Field Survey
- On September 11 to 14, 2017, the team visited Samarkand to interview for analysis of the market situation. It visited the large-scale fruit exporters, processors, and distributers, to diagnose the bottlenecks in cherry exporting in Uzbekistan. They also interviewed smallholder cherry farmers to analyze their willingness to participate in agricultural cooperatives for competitiveness in exporting.
Result-sharing Workshop in Uzbekistan
- On September 8, 2017, KREI held the result-sharing workshop in Tashkent to share experience on Korea's experience on value chain and discuss the action plans on establishing cherry value chain in Samarkand. They emphasized the importance of expanding the scale of producing and recommended the investment in the form of joint venture on post-harvest management facility and related infrastructure.
- The research found there were more than 30 cherry varieties, produced in Samarkand. Major cherry varieties were Bakhor, Napoleon ad Burlat. To enhance competitiveness in export, Samarkand should consider customers' taste preferences. Also, the post-harvest loss is the critical problem for local cherry producers. To address this issue, the province should help to establish post-harvest infrastructures. It has to establish cooperatives or farmers’ groups, composed of cherry producers and processors, for competitiveness building. To achieve quarantine requirements as high as Korea and EU, it has to establish laboratories and facilities for quarantine research and analysis. It should focus on capacity building.
- (Invitational Training) July 15 to 22, 2017/ (Local Training) September 5 to 12, 2017
- Seoul, Korea and Tashkent, Uzbekistan
- Korea held the Invitational Training for 11 high-level public officials from Uzbekistan to enhance policy development capabilities by sharing Korea’s experience in post-harvest management, agricultural product marketing, and fruit processing through lectures, site visits, and discussions. They had lectures, including "Agricultural Products Marketing in Korea," "Plant Quarantine in Korea," and "Agricultural Cooperatives in Korea." For study visits, they visited the Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency, agricultural cooperatives and fruit producers. Based on the implications from the lectures and study visits, the participants developed action plans to enhance the cherry industry and develop farmers’ groups in Uzbekistan.
For local training in Uzbekistan, 30 working-level public officials and experts participated to develop ideas on agricultural product marketing, export, and quarantine issues with Korean experts.
KAPEX Result-sharing Workshop
- November 17 , 2017
- On November 17, 2017, Korea held the KAPEX Result-sharing Workshop to share the final results of the joint research and propose the possible ODA projects from 3 partner countries, such as Nepal, Uzbekistan and Colombia, for the 2017 KAPEX Project. The partners for the 2018 KAPEX, including Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Mongolia, also participated in the workshop, and presented the topics of their projects to share the background of the projects.