Written March 2009
KAED II and AAK held the fifth annual “Agro Expo Silk Way” in Osh, southern Kyrgyzstan, February 26-28, 2009, to give farmers access to agro-inputs and information on advanced agricultural techniques.
About 3,000 farmers and 38 local and international companies participated in the exhibition. Farmers were able to buy inputs before the season started, attend seminars by agricultural experts, learn skills for successful business management and make business deals. Participating companies made 128 new business contacts and developed 12 contracts. Two companies reported signing contracts worth about $40,000.
A roundtable discussion on food security in Kyrgyzstan was also held at the event. USAID country representative Pat Shapiro and representatives of Parliament and Kyrgyzstan’s Ministry of Agriculture attended.