On May 1, 2015, seedlings were distributed to Toru-Aigyr community, Issyk-Kul Province, under the Karagat Plus Program financed by Kumtor Gold Company and implemented by the AVEP Public Fund.
All in all, 5,500 seedlings of currants cultivars, new in this region, to the total value of over 490,000 soms were provided by the M.A. Lisavenko Horticulture Research Institute of Siberia of the Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences with the support of the Kyrgyz National Academy of Science. The samples were distributed to four Issyk-Kul nursery gardens, 15 horticulturists involved in the program, the seed-trial Board and social development departments of five district administrations.
The new cultivars were brought for tests and if found well adapted will be recommended by the Kyrgyz Association of Nursery Gardens for growing throughout Issyk-Kul Province. Experts are expected to appraise the cultivars for yield capacity and freezing tolerance.
KARAGAT+ is a joint three-year project of Kumtor Company and AVEP Public Fund. Its purpose is to encourage local communities and expand the potential of the berry-and-fruit market. It is being implemented in Issyk-Kul province with an emphasis made on the southern coast of Issyk-Kul Lake. Under this environmentally oriented project, the Public Fund will train farmers in the methods of growing high-yielding cold- and disease-resistant currants as well as innovative irrigation methods. AVEP experts will assist in creating a network of nursery gardens, greenhouses and farming goods reception centers. For more information see www.karagat.kg
For Reference: AVEP is a Central Asian non-governmental and non-political organization working widely with international organizations, private, public and government sector to contribute more effectively to sustainable and innovative development of rural regions in the Kyrgyz Republic. Information on AVEP Foundation is available on the website at www.avep.info For further information please contact the Public Relations Officer. Tel.: (3944) 30-603; fax: (3944) 30-617.