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Kyrgyzstan|business|April 19, 2024 / 04:19 PM
U.S.-provided cooling equipment assists food security in southern Kyrgyzstan

AKIPRESS.COM - Over 7 million soms of U.S.-provided equipment supported Kyrgyz company SFN International LLC’s ability to open a modern cold storage facility in Jalal-Abad region. With a 1,100 metric ton storage capacity, the facility will improve food security and the livelihoods of farmers in rural regions in the Kyrgyz Republic.

The equipment was provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Agro Trade Activity. This and other U.S.-supported cold storage facilities throughout the Kyrgyz Republic help reduce waste, extend the shelf life of perishables, maintain market stability, and ensure a reliable and consistent supply of food throughout the year.

“Since 2018, the U.S. government has been partnering with Kyrgyz firms to establish over 20 new cold storage facilities in the Kyrgyz Republic´s southern regions. These facilities have a total storage capacity of 12,500 tons, more than doubling the storage capacity in the region, decreasing food spoilage by 40% and creating new income-generating activities for over 4,000 farmers,” noted James Lykos, Director of USAID/Kyrgyzstan Economic Development Office.

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