Russia grants $2m to support agro production, tourism at Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan

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BISHKEK (TCA) — The government of Russia has allocated US $2 million of grant funds for the project of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) “Development of production industries in the Issyk-Kul province of Kyrgyzstan and strengthening of their ties with the tourist sector,” the Russian Embassy in Bishkek said on March 28.   

 

The project is designed for three years.

According to the embassy, the project will develop agricultural and fish production in the Issyk-Kul region and organize producers’ cooperation with the tourist sector at Lake Issyk-Kul. In particular, the project will help establish direct supplies of local farmers’ products to hotels and resorts at Issyk-Kul.  

The Agriculture Ministry of Russia has proposed involving the Agriculture Ministry of Kyrgyzstan in this project. During a meeting of representatives of the Russian Embassy and the Kyrgyz Agriculture Ministry, the Kyrgyz side expressed its gratitude to the Russian government for this humanitarian grant, which will assist in the social and economic development of the Issyk-Kul province and contribute to improving the wellbeing of its population.   

The parties expressed hope that the first stage of the project will start in the nearest future. The project’s soon launch is particularly important as the new tourist season is approaching at Issyk-Kul. This year Lake Issyk-Kul expects to receive more Russian tourists, especially from Siberia.

Sergey Kwan

TCA