(19 April 2017 Astana Times) Natur Produkt farm has been culturing rainbow trout at the Topar Lake 40 kilometers from Karaganda since last year. Close proximity to the Karaganda GRES 2 power station creates unique conditions for fish culturists; thermal release from the power station’s maintains ideal temperatures at a one-hectare pond at no cost to the farm. [Read more...]
Products from Kyrgyzstan in most cases not pass phytosanitary control
(30 March 2017 24.kg) Most Kyrgyz products do not pass phytosanitary control upon import into the Novosibirsk region. High phytosanitary risk products are often transported without necessary documents confirming phytosanitary safety or without marking on packages. [Read more...]
30 tons of cabbage returned to Kyrgyzstan from Kazakhstan
(25 March 2017 24.kg) 30 tons of cabbage and 2 tons of potatoes were returned to Kyrgyzstan from Kazakhstan because they were imported without the required phytosanitary certificates. [Read more...]
Europe, Central Asia transitioning to new nutrition challenges, cautions UN agency
(14 March 2017 UN) UN’s FAO released a new regional overview of Europe and Central Asia earlier this month, sub-titled “The Food Security Transition.” The report calls for a change in thinking of nutrition policies in the region, moving from concerns over calorie sufficiency to focusing on healthy and balanced diets. [Read more...]
Kyrgyzstan to export biological products to Uzbekistan and Tajikistan
(7 March 2017 24.kg) A new bio-factory, scheduled to open on April 15, will produce six types of preparations that protect crops from harmful diseases for export to Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
ADB President Visits Uzbekistan to Strengthen Partnership, Signs 4 New Loan Agreements
(3 March 2017 ADB) ADB President Takehiko Nakao signed four new loan agreements totaling $573 million. The sum will be divided among the Small Business Finance Project ($100 million), the Tashkent Province Water Supply Development Project ($121 million), the Horticultural Value Chain Development Project ($154 million), and the Kashkadarya Regional Road project ($198 million).
Uzbekistan interested to join Trans-Caspian transport route
(23 February 2017 Trend) During the 16th meeting of the joint intergovernmental commission on bilateral cooperation that took place February 22, Kazakh and Uzbek railway companies discussed the possibility of sending Uzbek exports and imports through Kazakh ports via the Trans-Caspian international transport route. They also reached an agreement on granting discounts on transportation of Kazakh grain and flour and goods in 45 feet refrigerators, and transit of Uzbek fruits and vegetables and other agricultural products via the territory of Kazakhstan. [Read more...]
Kyrgyzstan to purchase 140,000 tons of mineral fertilizers in 2017
(15 February 2017 24.kg) Kyrgyzstan uses about 200,000 tons of mineral fertilizers annually and intends to purchase 140,000 tons of mineral fertilizers in 2017, with up to 40,000 tons being purchased from Uzbekistan.
Uzbek farmers offered lemon trees and chickens
(9 February 2017 Reuters) The government of Uzbekistan plans to provide 850,000 households with 100 chickens each and help 1.07 million households and small farms build greenhouses for 4.2 million trees. The cabinet plans to set up specialized companies that will first supply households with chickens and seedlings, then buy the eggs and lemons they produce for export. [Read more...]
(AKIpress, 25 June 2016) Tajikistan’s first hypermarket opened in the country’s capital, Dushanbe, providing its customers with high-quality produce, greater choice and western standards of hygiene and logistics. Tajik President Emomali Rahmon inaugurated the 5,000 m2 Auchan hypermarket, which has the support of financing from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The discount hypermarket will be operated by Schiever Tajikistan, a subsidiary of the French Schiever Group, which holds the Auchan franchise in the mountainous country of eight million people in Central Asia, on the border with Afghanistan and China.
(24 News Agency, 10 Jun 2016) Trend of prices and tariffs reduction preserves in Kyrgyzstan, Head of Summary Estimation and Dissemination of Statistical Information Department Chinara Turdubaeva said today at a press conference. According to her, for five months prices have decreased by 1.8 percent in the country. In May, the cost of food and non-alcoholic beverages decreased by 5.2 percent, while alcoholic beverages and tobacco products, by contrast, rose by 2.5 percent, services - 1.6 percent. [Read more...]
(24 News Agency, 20 May 2016) Processors of agricultural products ask the government to help them with concessional loans. Appeal of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Kyrgyz Republic to the head of the Cabinet Sooronbay Jeenbekov says. The document notes that in recent years the government provides soft loans at 7-10 percent per annum for the development of the agricultural sector. It helped to increase the volumes of production and export of agricultural products. However, the value chain is needed for the stable development of country's economy. [Read more...]
(24 News Agency, 6 May 2016) Kazakhstan introduced a ban on the import of potatoes from Kyrgyzstan according to the official website of the Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan. Imports of potatoes from Kyrgyzstan, infected with golden nematode, became more frequent recently. Since the beginning of 2016, there have been revealed 79 cases and prevented the import of more than 1 thousand tons of the infected tubers. "Nematode is highly harmful. [Read more...]
IFPRI CA News Digest
Apr 5, 2016 – Apr 11, 2016
(24 News Agency, 11 Apr 2016) The price for petroleum products is growing in Kyrgyzstan. Oil Traders' Association reported.
According to it, cost of gasoline AI 80, AI 92 and diesel fuel grew by one som from April 11 in all regions of the country. AI 95 gasoline rose in price by 0.5 soms. This is connected with 10-15 percent increase in wholesale prices at Russian refineries.
It should be noted that in April fuel prices will expectedly grow by other 7-10 percent.
(AkiPress, 22 Feb 2016) "China has expressed his willingness to buy Kazakh organic agricultural products and we just need to embrace the opportunity," First Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev has said at the extended board meeting of the Ministry of Agriculture. “They are focusing their business and people on Kazakhstan. We only need to embrace the moment. [Read more...]
News and Analysis
(24 News Agency, 16 Feb 2016) "The effect of Kyrgyzstan's accession to the Eurasian Economic Union turned out to be blurry," Deputy Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Oleg Pankratov said at today's press conference. According to him, six months after the entry into EEU is too little to talk about the significant economic results. However, the government is already ready to sum up the first results and to tell about the effect of this move on the economy.
News and Analysis
(Asia-Plus, 01 Feb 2016) As farmers increasingly plant modern varieties of wheat, traditional wheat landraces are in decline. Yet the genetic diversity found in these hardy traditional varieties could be crucial for the future of wheat production. [Read more...]
News and Analysis
Agriculture & Food Systems, Climate Change and Nutrition in CIS Countries featuring the Global Nutrition Report 2015 Conference to be held on 11 Feb 2016 at the Eurasian Center Food Security (ECFS) in Moscow, Russia. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the Eurasian Center for Food Security (ECFS) and the World Bank are organizing a conference on the linkages between climate change, agriculture, food systems, social safety net and nutrition outcomes at the Lomonosov Moscow State University in Moscow, Russia. [Read more...]
News and Analysis
(The Diplomat, 04 Jan 2016) Since May, a World Bank project–Listening2Tajikistan–has been calling a selection of Tajik households at regular intervals and conducting a survey aimed at gathering information regarding the impact of the country’s economic slowdown in several areas. As has often been discussed here, a secondary effect of Russia’s economic downturn–a product of low oil prices and sanctions–has been a drop in remittances across Central Asia. Tajikistan relies heavily on remittances and is Central Asia’s poorest state, therefore concerns were high that remittances would fall and workers would return to a country that didn’t have job for them. [Read more...]
News and Analysis
(24 News Agency, 19 Dec 2015) Kyrgyz National Bank predicts further reduction in remittances from migrant workers. This is stated in the report of the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic on the monetary policy for the third quarter 2015.According to it, the net inflow of remittances in the third quarter declined by 32.5 percent in dollar terms. In the fourth quarter of 2015 the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic expects decline in remittances by 18 percent. "The decline in 2015 is estimated at 22.1 percent. [Read more...]