Central Asian farmers trained in latest agro-technologies as part of Kazakhstan’s development assistance

ASTANA – Almaty is hosting April 24-28 a “Improving the productivity and profitability of agribusiness through teaching innovative technologies of water and energy saving to farmers and agricultural specialists of Central Asian countries” seminar.   

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The seminar is a pilot project of Kazakhstan’s official development assistance (ODA) system and was organised by the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office in Kazakhstan and the Israeli Agency for International Cooperation MASHAV for the countries of Central Asia.

The Ushkonyr Knowledge Dissemination Centre in the Almaty Oblast and the People’s Academy of Green Technologies in the Akmola region are conducting the seminar for 26 representatives of the agricultural sector of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

The seminar topic was chosen because of Central Asia’s potential as an agricultural hub, which requires modern irrigation methods, said Director of the Department for Foreign Economic Policy of the Kazakh Foreign Ministry Olzhas Issabekov.

The participants will be trained in the latest drip irrigation methods and green water and energy-saving approaches.

Leading Kazakh and Israeli experts are conducting master classes. Israel has applied the latest drip irrigation technology and has experience adapting this solution in arid and semi-arid climatic conditions.

The participants said they hope similar events will be conducted more often to study the development of modern agricultural production.

The seminar will also include a visit to the School of Mining and Geosciences at the Nazarbayev University and Seifullin Kazakh AgroTechnical University, as well as a briefing on the activities of Baiserke-Agro LLP.