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The agrarian sphere of Uzbekistan is expected to see big changes in the near future. The head of state approved a number of measures to radically improve the activities of the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources.
This decision was made in connection with the fact that the existing system of agricultural management does not meet modern requirements, especially in terms of introducing market relations and improving the efficiency of agricultural production.
The country has not enough attention is paid to modern resource and water saving agricultural technologies, modernization and technical equipment of the industry, still low level of integration of education, science and agricultural production, the use in the agricultural sector of innovative scientific research.
In addition, there are shortcomings in the water management system, and the efficiency and rational use of water resources is not adequately ensured.
In this case, poorly developed infrastructure and the provision of specialized services to the agricultural sector, the low efficiency of interaction between service providers with farms leads to violations of the rights and legitimate interests of agricultural producers, poor quality and overpriced tariffs for services rendered.
To change the situation, the head of state decided to transform the organizational structure of the ministry. So, for example, in the near future councils to solve the problems of the branches of agriculture created in the structure of the central apparatus will be abolished.
It is planned to reform of Lower-Syrdarya, Lower-Amudarya and Zarafshan river basin administrations of irrigation systems by creation on their base of Lower-Syrdarya, Syrdarya, Zarafshan, Lower-Amudarya, Left bank-Amudarya, Zarafshan and Lower-Zarafshan basin administrations. The special irrigation departments, which will administer by a part of the irrigation facilities of regional importance, will be organized under them.
Another important direction will be the creation of the Center for the implementation of investment projects in agriculture and water management. He will attract foreign investments, soft loans and grants to ensure timely and effective implementation of investment projects, tendering and contracting and monitoring of equipment, materials, works and services under the contracts.
Also interesting are measures to improve the status of the ministry’s senior staff. So, now deputy chairman of the Council of Ministers of Karakalpakstan on agriculture and water resources at the same time will be the Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources of Karakalpakstan, and vice governors (deputy hokims) on Agriculture and Water Resources - heads of agriculture and water resources departments of regions.
At the same time, the head of the Lower-Amudarya Basin Administration of Irrigation Systems will simultaneously become Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources of Karakalpakstan.
The head of state instructed Vice-Premier Zoyir Mirzaev until the end of September this year to make an inventory of infrastructure serving agricultural producers, as well as the legal and regulatory framework governing the relationship between agricultural producers and procuring, provisioning, service organizations.
Based on the results of monitoring, by January 1, 2018, a draft legal and regulatory document should be prepared that provides for the improvement and development of infrastructure facilities serving agricultural producers, as well as their dislocation.