Sunday, July 15, 2018

Kyrgyz officials begin talks with regional governments regarding food imports

The governments of Yekaterinburg and Novosibirsk have begun talks with the Kyrgyzstan Ministry of Agriculture to import up to 200,000 tons of agricultural products into Russia to replace produce historically provided by the U.S. and EU.

The government of Kyrgyzstan recently declared its readiness to become a major agricultural supplier to Russia following Russia's boycott of European and American products. Agricultural officials in Kyrgyzstan have already furnished a report to the governments of Yekaterinburg and Novosibirsk detailing the projected immediate exports from 18 national farms which include potatoes, carrots, onions and cabbage, RIA Novosti reports.

However, Russians may have to wait longer for imports of Kyrgyz fruits such as apricots, apples, grapes and other dried fruits, as they are not yet prepared for shipment, though Kyrgyzstan's Ministry of Agriculture has assured Russian officials that their fruit exports will not only cost a fraction of those imported from Europe but will also be environmentally cleaner.

Meanwhile, Kyrgyz farmers are prepared to make immediate deliveries of meat and dairy products to the Urals and Siberia. Until recently, the Customs Union had banned all meat imports to Russia. However, both Russian and Kyrgyz officials are willing to remove the sanction to allow for the import of animal products to Russia, according to RIA Novosti.

"We need to take advantage of the situation and strike while the iron is hot," Russian Department of Foreign Trade official Rima Kiseleva said, according to RIA Novosti. "Necessary to enter into contracts and have the place to navigate, that align here. Home--give yourself some contract and have a certain amount to qualify. And what concerns the design and production of certificates--this, too, should be approached. Especially since we are already entering the Customs Union, which means that we all lead into a single system. Preparing for a single form and a single document."

Approximately 70 percent of the Kyrgyz population lives in rural areas and works in the country's agricultural industry in such fields as crop extension, food production, land reclamation and processing plant construction. Vegetables and grains are typically produced by farms in northern region of the country, while farms in the southern areas primarily grow fruit.