Kyrgyz agriculture min. due in Tehran Sun.

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TEHRAN, Feb. 19 (MNA) – Iranian and Kyrgyz agriculture ministers will meet in Tehran on Sun. February 20 aiming to develop joint agro cooperation between the two countries.

The Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Land Reclamation of the Kyrgyz Republic Murashev Nurbek Murpazylzhanovich will lead a seven-strong delegation to Iran on February 20 at official invitation of his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Hojjati.

Murashev Nurbek is making the visit to Tehran in order to view and become informed about latest capabilities and achievements of Iran’s agricultural sector.

During the four-day stay, the Kyrgyz official, in addition to meeting with Iran’s Minister of Agriculture Mahmoud Hojjati and seeking venues for cooperation, will visit a number if animal husbandry centers, processing, finishing and feed industries as well as Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute.

Extra-territorial cultivation, joint ventures for production of chemical fertilizers, construction of greenhouses and creation of drip irrigation systems are among areas of cooperation between the two countries.

Kyrgyzstan's economy is based on agriculture and the country's major agricultural activities include production of grain, wool, cotton, fruits, vegetables, hemp and rangeland. In the country Central Asian country, the agricultural sector accounts for about 40% of GDP and a third of the labor force as well as the private sector offers a significant contribution to agricultural production.

Kyrgyzstan has fertile agricultural land for extra-territorial cultivation, an issue to which Iran attaches great importance.

Major economic policies of the Kyrgyz government consist of structural reforms to create a favorable environment for private sector development, including encouraging foreign private sector investment and eliminating monopoly policy.

The country is already a member of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, International Fund for Agricultural Development, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Bank in addition to the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Kyrgyzstan has also applied for membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO).

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