The three-day Ferghana Valley International Agro Expo brought together over 4,000 attendees from the southern regions of Kyrgyzstan and neighboring countries, making it one of the largest regional agricultural events in the fertile Ferghana Valley. It was held February 25-27, 2016, in Osh, Kyrgyzstan. ACDI/VOCA’s USAID-funded Agro Horizon project co-sponsored the event with the Association of Agro Businessmen of Kyrgyzstan (AAK).
Exhibitors from 39 countries, among them Kyrgyzstan, the United States, China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, and Turkey, promoted their products and services to farmers, agribusinesses, and agriculture students. Exhibitors introduced cutting-edge technologies and equipment to farmers to increase production yields and efficiencies. Contracts valuing more than 7 million KGS ($95,000) will be realized as a result of the expo.
Agro Horizon led seminars on onion, apricot, nursery, maize, potato, and berry production. The project also distributed over 2,500 handouts to participants on zoonotic diseases and handwashing. Agro Horizon continued USAID’s support of women in agriculture by bringing 500 farmers of women-led households from the remote regions of Batken, Jalalabad, and Osh. Female farmers gained access to quality inputs and knowledge on best practices in sustainable agriculture and kitchen gardening.