Agricultural cooperation between Kyrgyzstan and China has been booming in recent years, with traditional cultivation and the trade of agricultural products having become the most heated areas of such cooperation, a Kyrgyz official said. Zhanybek Kerimaliev, deputy agricultural minister of Kyrgyzstan, said Friday [27 May 2016] in an interview with Xinhua that the two nations are also trying to expand their cooperation in such fields as agricultural industry zones, as part of their efforts to upgrade bilateral strategic partnership announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Kyrgyz counterpart Almazbek Atambaev during Xi’s visit to the Central Asian country in 2013…Full Article: Xinhua May 2016

Key Point

  • According to the Deputy Agricultural Minister of Kyrgyzstan, Kyrgyzstan exports vegetables, leather, and wool to China, and imports chicken meat, pork, and eggs. Kyrgyzstan hopes to exports potatoes, cherries, peaches, and dried fruits to China in the future.
  • Xinjiang Region is reportedly helping construct greenhouses in Kyrgyzstan.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In May 2016, a representative of the Bishkek Business Club complained of Chinese and Uzbek vegetables being smuggled and sold into Kyrgyzstan. Local Kyrgyz prices for cucumber swung from KGS 90 (~US$1.30) per kg to KGS 250 (~US$3.66) per kg. Meanwhile prices in China and Uzbekistan were consistently more stable and lower priced.
  • In 2015, two Chinese seed experts from the Xinjiang Agricultural Vocational Technical College in Changji Hui autonomous prefecture (northeastern Xinjiang) were dispatched to Kyrgyzstan promote the college’s corn seeds.
  • Sino-Kyrgyz border crossings include Erkeshtam, aka Irkeshtam, (Xinjiang Region and Osh Region), and Torugart Pass (Xinjiang Region and Naryn Region). There is also Bedel Pass, which like Torugart Pass, is situated in the Tian Shan mountain range.

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