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Agriculture minister: Kyrgyz-Hungarian ties to be strengthened

Kyrgyzstan and Hungary are strengthening cooperation in seed grain production, agriculture and animal breeding, Agriculture Minister Istvan Nagy said on Tuesday, after talks with his Kyrgyz counterpart Askarbek Djanybekov.

Nagy told a joint press conference after the meeting in Bishkek that 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 in 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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