Month: June 2014

Summer harvest 2014: outlook good – but on borrowed money and still not good enough

What for urban civilians means the start of a two-month leisure season means hard work for farmers in the field. Good weather conditions and better provisions in the sowing seasons have made the outlook for this year in Kyrgyzstan particularly favourable. Production of maize and barley, as well as secondary crops, are expected to be self-sufficient. With an expected harvest amounting to 820,000 tonne of wheat, though, several hundred thousand tonne will have to be imported in order not to cause domestic shortages and their consequent price hikes.   “The Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation of the Republic...

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Tourism: Kyrgyzstan’s “inexhaustible gold mine”

On July 1, the bell rings for the official opening of the tourist season in Kyrgyzstan – even though tourists from western countries and elsewhere have already been coming in since the middle of May. The country is gaining popularity in particular among mountaineers, hikers and bikers thanks to its challenging natural landscape. With Bishkek remaining the main entry and exit point, city tourism is on the move in the capital, while the main summer resorts on Lake Issyk Kul to its east makes up for the bulk of sun- and water-lovers.   A visa-free regime for a maximum...

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Glaciers on the Tien-Shan: how to stem their destruction

Climate change is a global problem, and as long as industrialised states (though not all of them, the most notorious saboteur being the USA) remain obstinate towards drastic measures to reduce its negative effects, there is little smaller, developing countries can do. Such little is in the process of being done, though, in Kyrgyzstan, where Parliament has adopted a Law on the Preservation of Glaciers – the first ever in world history.   One blue note: the bill requires the signature of the head of state to turn into law – and the latter so far refuses to sign...

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Atomic contamination in Kyrgyzstan: after talking too long, action is now in sight

After years of talks held by numerous parties and piles of reports written, South Korea’s state-run Mine Reclamation Corp. (MIRECO) are putting things ready to get to work. In a news report [http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2014/06/18/24/0301000000AEN20140618004800320F.html] on the issue published on June 18, the South-Korean news agency Yonhap quoted a company press release as stating: “Over the next six months, MIRECO plans to set up a joint working group with Kyrgyzstan’s Emergency Situations Ministry and conduct field studies at the Central Asian country’s abandoned mines to decide what technologies will be applicable. While executing this joint project, MIRECO will accumulate technologies related...

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Air links to and from Kyrgyzstan: how to spread your wings

With the aim to facilitate extended access to international flight routes for Kyrgyz air carriers, Parliament has adopted a number of amendments in the country’s legislation on air control. This should also lead to more global air majors such as Lufthansa, KLM, British Air, Air France and others to include Bishkek in their destinations package.   “The amendments were drafted with the purpose to improve air regulations, implementation of the recommendations of experts of the International Civil Aviation Organisations, [and] harmonisation with international practice,” the local independent news agency AKIpress wrote in a report [http://www.akipress.com/news:543485/] on the issue. “Adoption...

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