Agriculture Minister István Nagy said on Tuesday that Kyrgyzstan and Hungary are strengthening cooperation in seed grain production, agriculture and animal breeding.
Following talks with his Kyrgyz counterpart Askarbek Djanybekov in Bishkek, Minister Nagy said the sector was looking for “answers in a quickly changing world” through joint projects that would boost all partners’ economies. Kyrgyzstan’s seed grain imports jumped tenfold this year, Nagy said. Five Hungarian hybrids are already registered in the country, and another 12 are slated to be, he said. Hungary is ready to sell seed grain or provide the technology to produce seed grain in Kyrgyzstan, he said. Agriculture and food production in both countries could also benefit from the Hungarian-Kyrgyz development fund, he said. Safe energy supplies are a strategic issue, and a renewal of the Kyrgyz animal breeding sector could have a key role, he added. Water management and technologies with low water demand should be developed further in the country, he said. During his visit to Kyrgyzstan, Nagy also visited the Kyrgyz National Agrarian University, where he met the rector and highlighted the importance of partnership in science. Exchange programmes for Kyrgyz and Hungarian researchers and students are ongoing, he said.
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