11 Oct 2010 16:03

Tajik authorities ban exports of meat, potato, metals

DUSHANBE. Oct 11 (Interfax) - Tajik President Emomali Rahmon ordered ministries and national companies to stop exports of live cattle, wool, meat, potato and metals, the presidential press office said on Monday.

"Tajik President Emomali Rahmon has ordered a full ban on exports of cattle, meat, potato, wool and metals," the press office said. "That was done to ensure the growth of domestic production and to regulate prices on the food market."

The press office could not say which particular metals the president meant. Primary aluminum produced by the Tajik Aluminum Company (Talco) makes up 70% of Tajik exports. In fact, Talco exports all of its products. Tajikistan has no plants, which use primary aluminum as a raw material.

According to the Tajik Statistics Agency, the republic does not export live cattle, meat and potato. Many fruit and vegetables are imported from Iran and Pakistan.