Approximately 10,000 farmers will learn about new technologies and effective ways to lead an agricultural business during seminars organised by the Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs.
Nearly 700 seminars are expected to be held for 217,000 agricultural producers, said Atameken Agrobusiness and Food Industry Department Deputy Director Dinmukhammed Absattarov during a Central Communication Service briefing.
“We started to work on the programme in March. More than 100 domestic and foreign experts as well as lecturers will conduct free seminars and provide advisory support to farmers. The seminars include both theory to explain the working principles of best practices and current innovations as well as internships to master skills on how to use new technologies,” he said.
All the events will be held in the framework of the agrobusiness entities informational support programme, the implementation of which was transferred in the form of a state task to the Atameken. The programme covers 212 farms, including 70 crop farms and 142 livestock farms. About 400 workshops have already been held.
In selecting the seminar topics, the programme developers took into consideration the specificity of the regions, according to Centre for Agrocapacity head Toleutai Rakhimbekov. For example, most of the seminars on camel breeding are held in Almaty, Kyzylorda, Mangistau and South Kazakhstan regions, while the cereal crops topic is demanded in Akmola, Kostanai, North Kazakhstan and Zhambyl regions. Seminars on corn are organised in Taldykorgan, rice in Kyzylorda, cotton in South Kazakhstan region and beekeeping and maral breeding in East Kazakhstan region.
“We imposed three important rules for local and foreign programme developers. First of all, it should have an economic effect a farmer will benefit from after he introduces new breeds or technologies. Secondly, it is about an increased awareness on state support of the agro-industrial complex. Finally, we ask our experts to focus on agricultural cooperatives,” said Rakhimbekov.
Fermers.kz, an information-analytical portal, has been launched to support farmers. The extension section provides all necessary information concerning the workshop schedule, as well as study materials and an opportunity to ask online questions of experts and lecturers. The agromarket section can be used to place advertisements and buy or sell agricultural products. The portal was visited by 9,000 users, including from foreign countries.