Iran-Kyrgyzstan: Uzgen rice towards the Middle East countries

Sep 29, 2016

Photo Credit: Mavliuda Khodzhaeva

The meeting to strengthen the trade and commercial affairs on the rice value chain was held with the participation of delegates from Iran and local rice producers of Uzgen rayon in Osh oblast.  

During four-day visit, cooperative members were trained in growing rice using modern technologies. At the meeting, the Iranian delegation discussed in details and gave an overview of modern technology and equipment for rice processing and the possibility of their use the Kyrgyz Republic. During the meetings, members of local cooperatives and farmers of Osh oblast had an opportunity to ask questions to the Iranian delegates.       

Giving the fact that today Iran is one of the leading countries in rice production and processing, the ideas of further co-operation and establishing export channels of Uzgen rice were discussed during their visit to the Kyrgyz Republic.

“Rice is one of the most important food crops in the Central and West Asia region and demand for rice is growing fast. International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) prognosticates the rice consumption in this region will increase from about 9 million tons at present to 12 million tons by 2020, which is more than 33% comparing with the present,” - noted the head of RRTC-CWA in Iran Dr. Abas Shagdi. – “By 2035 the demand will have been grown for 16.6 million tons, which is more than 84%. Hence, this region is the fastest growing one worldwide in terms of rice demand. Global challenges couldn’t be taken without the consensus of the whole world on using cooperative strategies. Central and West Asia (CWA) region with its significant economic power, vast natural resources and dynamic work force, has a huge development potential which we should harness in the interest of all our member countries,” – also added Mr. Shagdi.

The activities of UNDP “Aid for Trade” project aimed at improving the economic situation of farmers, strengthening the capacity of agricultural producers in terms of low profitability of production and processing, stabilization of yields, achieving lower production costs, but more equitable prices.

“To solve the problems hindering promotion of products to foreign markets, you need to implement a package of measures to enhance the capacity of rice producers by improving the quality of products, introducing of international quality standards, increasing of production volumes and further brand promotion. Assistance in achieving these goals will contribute to sustainable sales and exports, thereby extracting more benefits from trade and creating new jobs,” - said UNDP “Aid for Trade” project coordinator in Osh oblast Azamat Kasymov.

The UNDP “Aid for Trade” project funded by the Government of Finland is a part of the regional programme that includes Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, which promotes implementation of sustainable development approaches in trade policy with regard to regional and international trade agreements and a focus on the export development.   

Mavliuda Khodzhaeva, UNDP PR/Communications Specialist, Osh Area Based Developemnt Programme

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