An unconfirmed report has it that Erika den Daas, the CEO of the Meijer seed potato company in the Netherlands, held recent talks with delegates from Uzbekistan regarding future cooperation. This is according to the Jahon information agency – which says its report is based on information received from the Uzbek Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The parties apparently exchanged ideas on future cooperation between Uzbekistan and Meijer.
The parties reportedly appreciate the membership of Uzbekistan in the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV), it is said.
The report says that the parties discussed ideas for the commissioning of Central Asia’s first processing facility for potato chips which will be based on Dutch technologies. It was reportedly said that this will open new opportunities for the future expansion of potato production and the export of value-added potato products from Uzbekistan.
Following the meeting, the parties reportedly reached an agreement for visits of Uzbekistan delegations to the Netherlands in late January or early February this year to discuss more specific projects. Visits of members of the Association of Potato Producers of Uzbekistan to the Netherlands are planned in the near future, the report says
The delegation will supposedly hold negotiations for the establishment of a joint future venture that will involve the production of seed potatoes as well as a potato cluster in Bakhmal district of Uzbekistan’s Jizzakh region.
The full report noted above can be found on the Times of Asia website here