Turkmen agricultural producers master European business experience

Turkmen agricultural producers master European business experience

The Yyldyz Hotel hosted the sixth working meeting of the Steering Committee of the European Union project “Promoting Further Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development in Turkmenistan – SARD III”.

The meeting was attended by project managers from Turkmenistan and the EU, representatives of the ministries of agriculture and environmental protection, health and medical industry, as well as the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.

The SARD III project is aimed at stimulating small and medium-sized businesses in the agricultural sector, introducing international standards and advanced technologies in accordance with the Program for the Socio-Economic Development of Turkmenistan for 2019-2025.

Project specialists presented the participants the activities planned for the coming period, which include providing technical support to producers of horticultural, vegetable, fish, dairy products, greenhouses, etc., as well as advising beginner exporters on the correct construction of a strategy for entering foreign markets.

During the meeting, progress was noted in the implementation of the project for six months from the last working meeting held in March this year. They also talked about manuals that are under development – on the export of agricultural products, rational water use and the introduction of water-saving technologies.

The manuals that were previously developed by the project specialists are available on the SARD III project website (www.sard3tm.org) and include guidelines for dairy farming, calf feeding, and fishing.

As emphasized, the project also organized activities to increase productivity and competitiveness of the agri-food sector through activities aimed at improving production, processing and marketing, as well as strengthening the capacity to support agricultural enterprises in the public sector.

So, in July, within the framework of the project, a study tour to Spain for water specialists of Turkmenistan was organized.

For September 2020, SARD III plans to hold a final conference and exhibition of agricultural products.

The meeting participants emphasized that the SARD III project, which meets the tasks set for the agro-industrial complex, has accelerated the transition of Turkmenistan’s agriculture to the standards adopted by European countries, and contributes to the growth of agricultural exports.

Maysa OVEZMUHAMMEDOVA