Uzbekistan to improve energy, agriculture sector

Staff Report

2013-04-29

TASHKENT – Uzbekistan is calling for soil improvement and a new power station, media reported.

President Islam Karimov signed an April 19 resolution approving a 2013-2017 plan to improve the condition of irrigated soil and to manage water resources, Norma.uz reported April 29.

Among its provisions, starting May 1, land rental agreements for new orchards, vineyards and melon plantations must include arrangements for drip irrigation and other water conservation methods.

The resolution also calls for arestoration of the Department for Managing the Foundation for Improving Irrigated Soil.

Meanwhile, Karimov April 26 said Uzbekistan would build a new US $1 billion (2 trillion UZS) heating and power station in Turakurgan District, Namangan Oblast, 12news.uz reported April 27. The plant will have a capacity of 900MW and will help guarantee adequate electricity for Fergana, Namangan and Andijan oblasts, he told the Andijan Oblast parliament.

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