Kyrgyz agrarians have started harvesting pomegranates
Kyrgyz agrarians have started harvesting. Farmers from Aravan district were one of the first to begin this work. They are harvesting pomegranates. Recently, they started growing the Augusta variety. Its fruits have a unique taste and weight of more than one kilogram.
Khakim-Sher Nodirov planted his pomegranate garden seven years ago. There are about 300 bushes here. Last year, he harvested two tonnes of fruits from 2,000 square meters of land. The trees started growing three years ago.
KHAKIM-SHER NODIROV, GARDENER:
- I like pomegranates. However, it is not easy to grow them. The trees are quite resistant to weather changes, but, they are not resistant to cold weather. The yield depends on the maintenance. Last year, the largest fruits weighed more than one kilogram. They ripen 20 days earlier, which brings additional profits.
Local farmers also grow grapes and figs in addition to pomegranates. There are more than 100 hectares of land allocated for gardens in the Allya Anarov rural district. The areas of the crops are increasing every year.
SHAKHZODA NODIROVA, RESIDENT, ARAVAN DISTRICT:
- Gardening is our main source of income. Fruits ripen one by one. For example, we have sold almost all grapes. We began selling figs. Pomegranates are almost ripe. Well performed season results in the income for the whole year.
Income of Kyrgyz farmers is increasing due to the established export of fruits to Russia, Kazakhstan and China.
AKRAMZHON UKTAMOV, DEPUTY GOVERNOR, ALLYA ANAROV RURAL DISTRICT:
- The majority of fruits are sold at the local market. We started exporting them in the last three to four years. We had the opportunity to ship local fruits and vegetables to Kazakhstan, Russia and other countries.
Crops in the Jalal-Abad region yielded a rich harvest of pistachio nuts. Zhumabek Sultanbayev harvests up to 15 kilograms of fruits a day from 10 hectares of nut gardens.
ZHUMABEK SULTAMBAYEV, RESIDENT, NOOKEN DISTRICT
- We had good harvests before, but this year’s harvest is large. I plan to harvest up to one tonne of fruits.
Each family is provided with 10 hectares of pistachio gardens. Currently, there are 11,000 hectares of trees in Kochkor-Ata forestry, including 300 hectares leased by farmers. There are more than 33,000 hectares of pistachio gardens in Jalal-Abad region.