Kyrgyzstan is expanding the range of their export products

Kyrgyzstan is expanding the range of their export products, including agricultural goods. Agrarians in Aravan district of Osh region are shipping their products to foreign markets. Local farmers expanded the crop areas of fruits. Khabibulla Khamidov grows more than 10 varieties of fruits and berries, such as apricots, apples, pears, pomegranates and large crops of fig trees.

KHABIBULLA KHAMIDOV, KYRGYZ GARDENER:

 - Fig trees were grown in every family on our street. It’s a custom formed decades ago. People call our street, the fig street.

About 50 fig trees of three varieties, such as yellow, black and small are growing on 1,500 square meters of land. According to the gardeners, fig trees are tropical and non-cold-resistant. They require special treatment.

KARIMZHAN KHAMIDOV, KYRGYZ GARDENER:

 - The sales period lasts for about 40 days. We collect the ripe fruits in the morning and send them to the market. It’s not an easy job as the leaves’ juice can cause skin irritation. All the leaves and fruits should be rinsed.

In addition to fig trees, sweet cherries, peaches, persimmons and plums are also popular in Aravan district. The lands which are used to grow fruits are increased by 20-25 hectares every year.

PAIZULLA MIRZABARAMOV, HEAD OF AGRARIAN DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, KYRGYZSTAN:

 - After the Government permitted agrarians planting gardens on marginal lands with problematic irrigation systems, the areas of fruit trees in the district started increasing. Moreover, accession to the EAEU allowed our gardeners to export their fruits and earn more profit.

There is a total of 996 hectares of gardens in Aravan district of Osh region. This year, farmers exported 400 tonnes of sweet cherries, 250 tonnes of peaches and the same amount of plums. The organic products have attracted the attention of Chinese businessmen who signed an agreement on shipments of local fruits of the 2019 harvest.