Intensive production and processing of maize in Ala-Buka rayon

Intensive production and processing of maize in Ala-Buka rayon

The village of Kelte is located in Ala-Buka rayon of the Jalal-Abad Oblast, Kyrgyzstan. It is home to about 2000 people most of which are engaged in cattle breeding. The local population has long been growing maize to feed livestock. In 2019, the village became a member of the GIZ project on intensive production and processing of maize to increase the income of farmers in Ala-Buka rayon. 15 farmers united and trained on new technologies of growing maize. They also receive equipment and seeds on lease from the project. In addition to Kelte village, over 180 more people are involved in the project in four aiyl aimaks of the raion such as Ak Korgoi, Orustruktu, T. Baltagulov and Dostuk. It is planned that next year, 200 more farmers will join the existing producer groups. The project will also soon launch a mini-shop for the production of mixed fodder where farmers can sell their crops.

The producers are supported by Public Fund "Bio Service" within the GIZ Integrated Rural Development Programme with the financial support of the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). More information about the project is available at https://irdp.kg/en/partners/5e4cef66ff421f2c6e23724d

This year, the farmers of the Kelte village have grown their first harvest within the framework of the project. Watch our video where they share their impressions and talk about their work to learn about it.