Enhanced system of quality fruit tree planting material production in Uzbekistan
Findings of survey mission on assessment of existing fruit trees planting material production system and identification linkages planting material suppliers and fruits producers in Fergana Province in Uzbekistan conducted by Uzbek Research Institute of Horticulture, Viticulture and Wine-making on 28 August -13 September 2014 demonstrated the following constrains in the system: • Farmers' lack of knowledge on planting material demand in horticulture sector of Uzbekistan. • Farmers' lack of awareness of new fruit trees varieties, developed by formal breeding system. • Lack of certified planting material ensuring quality planting material. To fill in these gaps in seed system of fruit trees and supplying small holder famers with quality planting material it was agreed with national partners to strengthen the existing seed system through trainings of farmers on technologies of fruit trees multiplication, linking farmers – nursery keepers with mother plantations of research institutes and matrix orchards of farmers for improving their access to grafting material of fruit trees diversity, linking planting material suppliers with production farmers.