In the first four months of this year, food imports to Uzbekistan increased by 48.9%, the State Committee on Statistics said in a report.
During this period, $1.12 billion worth of food was imported, which is $370.2 million more than in January-April last year.
Three countries account for 74.7% of the total volume. Kazakhstan retained the first place and increased its share in the supply of food products to Uzbekistan - $430.3 million (38.2%), followed by Russia on $282.6 million (25.1%).
Brazil also remained in third place with $127.7 million worth of food imported from there. Almost all imports are raw cane sugar used for sugar production in Uzbekistan - $119.6 million.
In addition, the import of meat from Brazil continues - for four months, the volume of imports amounted to $4.36 million (in April - $1.52 million).
In January-April, imports of wheat from Kazakhstan increased from 192 million to 281.3 million dollars (+46.5%), wheat flour - from 25.1 million to 37.5 million (+49.7%), vegetable oil - from 26.2 million to 29 million (+10.7%), margarine and combined fat - from 1.3 thousand to 21.1 million dollars (16 times), meat - from 4.7 million to 17.8 million ( 3.8 times), barley - from 1.8 million to 7.8 million dollars (4.3 times).
Food deliveries from Russia also increased. Imports of margarine and mixed fats increased 6 times - up to $89.7 million, cocoa and chocolate - up to $29.3 million, or by 34.1%, children's food products - up to $7.8 million (+53.5%).
Imports of meat from Belarus increased by 2 times, up to $38.9 million, almost 5 times more potatoes were imported from Pakistan compared to the same period last year - $33 million, and 2.7 times more tangerines - 5. 6 million dollars.
Uzbekistan also imported bananas from Ecuador for $21.4 million (2 times) and corn from Turkey for $5 million (+94.4%).
Wheat still occupies a significant share in total food imports - $281.4 million (25% of the total). Imports of raw sugar cane amounted to $119.6 million (10.6%), margarine and combined fat - $113.3 million (10.1%), cattle meat - $66.5 million (5.9%), potatoes - 46.8 million (4.2%), cocoa and chocolate - 39.4 million dollars (3.5%).