30/04 17:08

Issyk-Kul farmers are taught growing apricots by international standards

Bishkek, April 30 / Kabar /. Under the project “A Value Added Chain for Apricots”, Kumtor Operating Company’s Regional Information Center held a training session for Jety-Oguz and Ton residents on April 26-27, 2012, at Barskoon. The theme of the seminar was “Production Management and Fruit Garden Care”.
It is a joint project involving AgroLid Association with the support of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit‘s (GIZ’s) program “Promotion of sustainable economic development of the Kyrgyz Republic”, Dutch ICCO and Kumtor Operating Company.

The purpose of the project is to create an easily recognizable brand, “apricots from Kyrgyzstan”. According to 2011 reports, Kyrgyzstan ranks 34th among world apricot producers, its yields exceeding 16,600 tons annually. Yet, Issyk-Kul apricots do not always meet competition in Russia’s and Kazakhstan’s markets.

Farmers involved in apricot production point to a number of difficulties, including poor knowledge of value-added chain principles, tree care skills, lack of advanced technologies and absence of contractual relations with processing plants and trading companies.

A total of 10 seminars will be organized for the trainers and farmers. The project plans to create an apricot demonstration nursery garden and a procurement station in Issyk-Kul province.


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