On March 17, 2017, the NPM Resource Center at Batken State University (BSU) hosted a guest lecture by Abdirashit Khalmurzaev, Head of the “Mol Tushum” Farmers’ Cooperative on the theme “Promoting Farmers’ Cooperatives: a Pathway to Reduced Poverty in Rural Areas”. The lecture was attended by over 20 students and professors of BSU.

During his lecture, Mr. Khalmurzaev discussed agricultural reform results achieved in the Kyrgyz Republic since its independence. The lecturer noted that the significant decrease of the agriculture sector’s share in the country’s economy was caused by the lack of strategic planning in the agricultural sector that led to lowered living standards in rural areas. To address the problem, proposals were made to establish farmers’ cooperatives in the form of jamaats – a collective farm. The idea was supported by international organizations, civil society organizations, and volunteers. The lecturer described how the first cooperative “Mol Tushum” was established. Initially consisting of 25 people, the cooperative has grown to 1,390 members in three areas of Batken oblast. The cooperative’s activities are aimed at providing the Batken oblast with high-quality fertilizers, providing necessary technical assistance and advice to farmers, and creating local agricultural processing companies, as well as promoting Kyrgyz products to the international market.

Photo 1 Abdirashit Khalmurzaev

Abdirashit Khalmurzaev, Head of the “Mol Tushum” Farmers’ Cooperative, and participants

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Students and professors of BSU listen attentively to the presentation by Abdirashit Khalmurzaev

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Over 20 students and professors attended the guest lecture “Promoting Farmers’ Cooperatives: a Pathway to Reduced Poverty in Rural Areas”

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A teacher at Batken State University asks a question on the coming sowing season in the Kyrgyz Republic