Tajikistan to lease pastures in Kyrgyzstan

The Kyrgyz Parliamentary Committee for Regional Development and Local Self-Government has approved an agreement to lease pastures to Tajikistan.

Tamiris Takhiri

2009-10-23

TAJIKISTAN — The Kyrgyz Parliamentary Committee for Regional Development and Local Self-Government has approved an agreement to lease pastures to Tajikistan.

The agreement calls for Kyrgyzstan to lease 17,800 hectares of summer and fall pastures for the grazing of farm animals in a region bordering northern Tajikistan.

According to a statement by Kyrgyz Agricultural Minister Iskenderbek Aidaraliev, the request for a yearly lease came from administrators of the Batken, Osh and Zhalal-Abad regions. “The effective price per head of sheep will by $3. According to zoological norms, one hectare can sustain five sheep and one large-horned animal. The total lease price will therefore be US$267,000,” he said.

In order to prevent the introduction of disease carriers, Tajikistan has assumed the responsibility of observing veterinary requirements while transporting livestock to Kyrgyz territory.

Tajik pastures cover a mountainous territory of more than 3.6 million hectares and are an important feeding base for livestock. Leading scientific researcher of the Tajik Academy of Sciences Botanical Institute Abdullo Madaminov, however, explained that improper use of pastures and fields in recent years has reduced productivity and increased land degradation. He believes that if the government does not pay attention to the problem of grazing lands, the result may soon be a significant shortfall in domestic meat and dairy production.

Tajik specialists note the importance of the agreement, particularly for the north of the country, where there are few pastures and fields. They are certain that leasing pastures on Kyrgyz territory will allow Tajikistan to maintain its current volume of meat and dairy production.

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