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The Government of Uzbekistan has adopted a resolution establishing a comprehensive framework for ensuring the availability of gas and coal for these critical agricultural facilities, marking an innovative step in addressing the ongoing problem of gas supply to greenhouses. This development marks a significant step towards improving the efficiency and sustainability of greenhouse operations, having a profound impact on the country’s agricultural sector.
The new rules require the installation of natural gas meters in greenhouses, which will be connected to an automated control and monitoring system. Real-time gas consumption data will be shared online, allowing for precise tracking and management.
Paying off debts and ensuring reserves
One of the key elements of the resolution is a provision to pay off outstanding debt owed by greenhouse operators for natural gas consumption. In addition, operators will be required to make advance payments for gas, which will ensure smoother financial operations for both parties.
In addition, the resolution emphasizes the importance of maintaining sufficient reserves of alternative fuel at greenhouse facilities to eliminate emergencies in the gas supply system. This strategic move aims to minimize disruptions and ensure continuous operation of the greenhouses even in unforeseen circumstances.
Tripartite agreements and supply volumes
To ensure a smooth transition and sustainable supply, the government will facilitate the conclusion of tripartite agreements between Khududgaztaminot (the state gas supply company), the Cabinet of Ministers of Karakalpakstan, regional authorities and the Tashkent city administration, as well as individual greenhouse enterprises. operators. These agreements will specify the exact volumes of natural gas that will be supplied to each greenhouse based on their specific needs, improving efficiency and reducing losses.
Incentives to switch to coal
In an effort to encourage greenhouse operators to switch from natural gas to coal as an alternative fuel source, a remarkable incentive will go into effect on November 1, 2023. The government will cover 20% of the cost of purchasing coal boilers for greenhouses. facilities at the expense of the state budget. This financial support is expected to accelerate the transition to more sustainable and cost-effective heating solutions.
Financial support of commercial banks
Commercial banks will play a critical role in supporting greenhouse operations. They will offer loans to greenhouse operators for two main purposes:
Construction of coal storage facilities: Greenhouse operators can obtain loans for three years, including a one-year grace period, for the construction of coal storage facilities.
Working capital for fuel purchase: Working capital loans for fuel purchase will be provided for a period of one year with a six-month grace period. These loans will provide the necessary financial flexibility for greenhouse operators to effectively manage their day-to-day operations.
The government of Uzbekistan’s decisive decision on gas supplies to greenhouses is set to usher in a new era of efficiency and sustainability in the agricultural sector. By addressing issues related to debt repayment, securing reserves, facilitating tripartite agreements and encouraging a shift to coal, this initiative will not only improve the security of gas supplies, but also provide much-needed financial support to greenhouse operators. With commercial banks actively participating in this transformation, greenhouse operations in Uzbekistan will flourish, securing the country’s agricultural future.