Business Forum in Batken to Bring Together Apricot Farmers and International Buyers

BATKEN – On September 27th, 2016, USAID will organize a business forum in Batken to establish direct links between Batken farmers producing dried apricots and buyers from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and other countries. Participating farmers will learn about requirements of apricot buyers, present samples of their products and negotiate prices with potential buyers. The event will start at 9:30 am at 2 Kyzyl-Jol st., Batken city.

Through these presentations and negotiations, successful farmers and interested buyers/processors are expected to sign contracts or Memoranda of Understanding.

During the last two years, the USAID Agro Horizon Project has worked with local farmers in Batken oblast to improve their incomes by increasing productivity of their apricot trees and improving the quality of the dried apricots. Now the project focuses on providing farmers with alternative market options that offer both short term sales opportunities as well longer term strategic partnerships.

USAID Agro Horizon Project is a four-year project that works in Batken, Jalal-Abad, Naryn, and Osh, and to increase smallholder farmers’ incomes by improving productivity and expanding access to local and international markets. The project creates jobs in the agricultural sector while improving the availability of nutritious foods.

All interested journalists are invited to the event. For more information, please contact Sevara Baibulatova, Agro Horizon Communication and Learning Manager, through following contact information: phone: +996 770 441001 or e-mail