Kyrgyz Farmers Urged to Supply Agricultural Products to China

The Kyrgyz Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Resources has urged more domestic businesses to establish and expand trade in agricultural produce with the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

Kyrgyz farmers and processors currently export wheat flour, cherries, melons, grapes and soybeans to China and  to increase food exports, the ministry has issued a series of guidelines. Entrepreneurs and small-business owners must first be registered on the website of the General Customs Administration of the PRC, and to satisfy Chinese demand, ensure that their produce is devoid of  genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and harmful additives.

“It should be noted that requirements on the Chinese side differ according to  risks posed by individual plant products,” warned the Kyrgyz Ministry of Agriculture, “and conducts a comprehensive inspection of produce provided by first-time exporters.”

In his address at an earlier  conference in Bishkek, Chinese Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Du Dewen confirmed  China’s need for imports from organic agriculture vendors and plans to improve trade relations with Kyrgyzstan.

According to the General Customs Administration, Kyrgyzstan increased its annual export to China by over two-fold in the first quarter of 2024, and total  bilateral trade turnover stands at  $4.5 billion per year.

In a recent list provided by Chinese authorities, Beijing requires  beef, poultry, fish, as well as cowhides, sheep, goats, and washed wool and cashmere.

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Askar Alimzhanov graduated from the journalism department of the Kazakh State University named after S. Kirov, then worked as a correspondent for the daily republican newspaper Leninskaya Smen. He then moved to the United States to be a reporter for the daily newspaper "Cape Cod Times" in Hayanis, Massachusetts, (USA) under the journalist exchange program between the Union of Journalists of the USSR and the New England Society of News Editors. Since then, he has helped build transparency and understanding of Central Asia region in various executive level positions at esteemed media organizations including "Akbar"(Alma-Ata) international center for journalism, the Khabar News agency, the Television and Radio Corporation "Kazakhstan" JSC, and MIR- Kazakhstan.

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