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AKIPRESS.COM - On November 22, the USAID Agro Horizon project and Oasis Agro, LLC, signed a memorandum of understanding to boost diary production in Osh and Jalal-Abad. This partnership will leverage private sector investment and expertise to increase the efficiency and quality of milk production, which will improve competitiveness of Kyrgyz farmers.
Under this partnership, a feed laboratory will be equipped and 2,000 metric tons of grain storage facilities, feed making equipment, and milk processing and cheese making equipment will be constructed. Oasis Agro’s total contribution to this new business venture is valued at $590,776. These new facilities will provide farmers with better quality feed, and is expected to increase their productivity and milk sales by an estimated $700,000 by the end of 2018.
“The new technologies and expertise... will improve the quality and quantity of milk production in the south of the Kyrgyz Republic, especially in winter. But most importantly – the project will increase the incomes and improve lives of more than 2,000 farmers who will be engaged in the project,” said U.S. Ambassador Sheila Gwaltney during the signing ceremony.
Livestock contributes nearly 50% of agricultural GDP in Kyrgyzstan. Livestock sub-sectors like dairy, meat, live animals, and eggs can be substantially improved if farmers have access to and utilize better quality feed and animal husbandry techniques. In addition, Kyrgyz farmers will benefit from the related production of feed ingredients such as maize, soybeans, and fodder, which are all lucrative cash crops that will be needed by the industry as it grows.