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December 13, 2017

On the way towards exporting vegetable seeds

The Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) meeting of the JICA Project for Promotion of Exportable Vegetable Seeds in the Kyrgyz Republic was held on 13 December 2017. This Project has been implemented for 5 years and is planning to terminate its activities in June 2018. What kind of results the Project achieved, what needs to be done to support exportable seed producers – these and other issues were discussed by participants of the meeting.

Speaking of the Project results, it was noted that Project trained 23 farmers (Training of Trainers). These farmers gained skills on cultivation of vegetable seeds of a high quality and are able to conduct training for interested farmers. Moreover, 23 farmers united into cooperative «Kyrgyz Vegetable Seeds». In 2017 that cooperative signed 4 contracts with foreign companies for trial seed production of 4 vegetable varieties. Seeds produced under trial contract will be exported after foreign companies will carry out analysis and confirm the quality of seeds.

For the seed business it is important not only to produce high quality seeds but also to follow business etiquette, reliability because seeds are containing seeding company's confidential technologies. In Japan, seed companies conduct business with reliable partners that ensure high quality service and follow the supply deadlines. In this regard we would like to extend the Project duration for 20 months until February, 2020 in order to ensure sustainability of the Project results, the development of «Kyrgyz Vegetable Seeds» cooperative and strengthening its capacity to do business with seed companies.

PhotoMr. Imai Seiju, Senior Representative of JICA Kyrgyz Republic Office (left) and Mr. Kerimaliev Janybek, Deputy minister of agriculture, food industry and melioration of the Kyrgyz Republic (right)

PhotoParticipants of the Joint Coordination Committee meeting of the JICA Project

PhotoFarmers-seed producers during the training on seed cultivation

PhotoFarmers-seed producers during the training on seed cultivation


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