Kyrgyzstan: New national brands

Kyrgyz government is planning to turn strawberries, sweet cherries and apricots into their national brands. The Kyrgyz Ministry of Agriculture is working on increasing production of these crops for their further export to the markets of the Eurasian Economic Union. The Kyrgyz Government officials carefully studied the Eurasian demand in every category of goods. Although these goods are seasonal, farmers can profit substantially from the sales of the fruits.

ZHIGITALI ZHUMALIYEV, SENIOR STAFF, KYRGYZ MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE:

 - The Minister issued an order and our department is currently working on its implementation together with the Ministry of Economy and other relevant ministries and agencies. We will develop a program on every crop covering stages from production to sales.

Export-oriented farmers are more likely to get soft loans. More than 10,000 farms were provided with this type of funding this year alone. They received low-interest loans for the total amount of almost US$67 million. Part of the funds was allocated for the expenses related to certification of goods and standardization of products according to the requirements of the EAEU.

ZHANYBEK KERIMALIYEV, KYRGYZ DEPUTY MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE:

 - We are currently working on it. Our farmers already know how to calibrate and label their goods and what crops are covered by certain crops. They are already exporting their goods.

The certificates of conformity are currently issued in four specialized laboratories located in four regions, such as Osh, Talas, Issyk-Kul and Chu regions. The emphasis was made on the regions known to be focused on growing fruits and berries.