Author: rh

Livestock production in Kyrgyzstan: stable or stagnating?

If one ignores the oldest trade in the world, animal breeding for the nation of Kyrgyzstan goes further back in time than any other human activity except hunting and stone carving – even further than crop cultivation and mining. Today, nearly half of Kyrgyzstan’s territory consists of grazing grounds, even though the times of the year they can be used for the purpose vary. With cattle farmers being left with land property but without financial resources to develop them to speak of, institutional financial backups have been mobilised in the form of funding from the Russian Federation, the People’s...

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Water supplies: more trouble than liquid drips from the taps

As in large other parts of Central Asia, lack of rain in the immediate run-up of the harvest campaign, especially in the central north and the northwest of the country, has caused much of the setback not just to households, but also the sensitive agro-sectors and water-intensive industries such as cement and metallurgy are suffering from. Thus, the capital Bishkek and its agglomeration this summer receives less than one-sixth of the irrigation water they need to maintain the parks, gardens and fields. Kazakhstan has complained that Kyrgyzstan dies not live up to its water supply commitments. The reason is...

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Harvest 2014 in Kyrgyzstan: racing against time, self-sufficiency unlikely

As of July 21, about one-fifth of the summer harvest in Kyryzstan had been completed, the local news agency 24.kg [http://www.eng.24.kg/community/171531-news24.html] reported. On a surface of 117,800 hectare, a total of 211,800 tonne had been harvested, the report read, referring to the Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation Taalaibek Aidaraliyev. This means that in the order of 23 per cent of the expected harvest of 512,200 tonne has been collected. This is in the order of one-third of the expected harvest of 1.55 million tonne of cereals as posted by the US Department of Agriculture for this year.  ...

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Kyrgyzstan to revive iron ore mining

Iron ore deposits have long been recognised in Kyrgyzstan. But the absence of operative steel industry has withheld miners from starting up any mines since exportation of mere iron ore, given the high transportation costs and lack of nearby markets, was not considered profitable. This, however, is going to change in years to come. “Sary-Talaa kench LLC won an auction for the right to use the Nadir iron mine on July 28 in Batken region, AkiPress [] reported this week referring to the press service of the State Agency for Geology and Mineral Resources of Kyrgyzstan.”The Nadir iron mine...

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Mining in Kyrgyzstan: backups for Kumtor dadlock cause confusion

With Canadian exploiters at each other’s throats over stakes in Kumtor, which is still Kyrgyzstan’s most important mining operation, and Kyrgyzstan’s own interest in it at risk because of dubious Canadian court rulings reminding one of the sweet old habits of the Sheriff of Nottingham, risk spreading and interest diversification remain on top of Kyrgyzstan’s present-day agenda. However, a clear-cut strategy including a no less clear-cut time table towards investors, operators and contractors has not been drafted yet, and contradicting rules and conditions tend to confuse candidate operators for new projects. Selection procedures remain flawed, and auctions for concessions...

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