Kyrgyz Republic in need of more humanitarian assistance
Jun 4, 2011
Kyrgyzstan is in need of more assistance as Kazakhstan continues to send humanitarian help to the area, according to a new report from Caspionet.
About 500 tons of corn seeds have been delivered from Kazakhstan to Kyrgyzstan after the prime minister of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev asked for more humanitarian assistance in January.
"We have received four kinds of sweet corn such as Arman, KAZ-200 ZP, and SKIF, including early-maturing and mid-season seeds that we are planning to sow both this year and in the next year," said Torogul Bekov, Kyrgyz Minister of Agriculture. "According to experienced seed growers, the early-maturing kind KAZ-200 ZP, can be sown after the wheat is harvested at the end of June or early July."
The sweet corn seeds are a form of loan to the farmers, rather than a food source. When the farmers sell the yield, they will have to pay back the loan.
According to the CIA World Factbook, there are about 5.6 million people living in Kyrgyzstan with a median age of 25 years old. The capital of Bishkek has a population of about 854,000.