Kyrgyzstan hopes to export to China meat, milk and fish. The first Vice Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Mukhammetkaly Abulgaziev announced such data today [13 October 2016] at a meeting of the Kyrgyz-Chinese intergovernmental commission…Full Article: Oct 2016

Key Point

  • The Vice Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan also noted a need to launch direct flights between Bishkek-Beijing and Osh-Kashgar.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In June 2016, Kyrgyzstan’s Deputy Agricultural Minister stated that his country exports vegetables, leather, and wool to China, and imports chicken meat, pork, and eggs. Kyrgyzstan also hoped to export potatoes, cherries, peaches, and dried fruits to China in the future. At the same time, China’s Xinjiang Region was reportedly helping to construct greenhouses in Kyrgyzstan.
  • 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.
  • In 2003, China sent experts from its Institute of Cotton Research of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) to Kara-Suu, Osh Region, to help develop Kyrgyzstan’s cotton industry. CAAS experts reportedly offered local Kyrgyz farmers free seeds and advice on suitable fertilizers and pesticides.
  • 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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