ASTANA – Opening a kindergarten for 450 students and a computerised tomographic centre, as well as a notable increase in farms with greenhouses, have helped to develop the Turkestan region’s Saryagash district. Regional akim (governor) Zhanseit Tuimebayev examined the new institutions and farms during an Oct. 2 visit.
Bes Zhuldyz kindergarten in Zhibek Zholy village was opened with a 1.1 billion tenge (US$2.99 million) investment from an individual entrepreneur. The school, one of 203 kindergartens in the district, is outfitted with modern equipment and provides permanent employment for 60 staff members.
“Since the beginning of 2007, we have been working in this direction under the special presidential programme [called] Balapan. We plan to provide places in kindergartens for 100 percent [of children] by 2020,” said Tuimebayev.
The state-of-the-art equipment in the tomographic centre allows the medical staff to detect brain-related circulatory diseases, internal organ tumours and disorders and injured bones.
“We needed a diagnostic centre for patients with acutely impaired cerebral circulation. Now, we can prevent brain haemorrhages in patients, perform operations, check insulin and determine everything here,” said Saryagash district hospital head physician Bakyt Myrzaliyev.
The increasing numbers of farms with greenhouses marks another important development. The region currently has 5,114 agricultural units, 4,994 of which are peasant farms and the balance, production cooperatives.
Tuimebayev visited Zhabaiy Ata farm in the Kaplanbek rural area, which uses advanced technology to cultivate vegetables in its greenhouse complex. Zhabaiy Ata, which employs 75 people, planted 1.8 billion tenge (US$4.84 million) in tomatoes and cucumbers on 15 hectares.
“Before, greenhouses with high technology were only used abroad; now, there is one in Saryagash. About 50 percent of all greenhouses in the region are concentrated in the area. In this regard, Saryagash can be an example for others… Today, on instructions of the President of Kazakhstan, various benefits are granted to peasant farms. As a result, vegetables and fruits, which used to be imported, are grown here,” said Tuimebayev.