On June 8, as part of his official trip to Naryn oblast, Prime Minister Muhammedkaly Abylgaziyev visited the May Bulak dairy processing facility in Kochkor to observe improvements supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The facility, led by Bolot Akmatov and Jenishgul Akmatova, produces four kinds of cheese under the brand “May Bulak.”
The Prime Minister toured the facilities and learned about the May Bulak products, and about how the business is expanding with USAID support. USAID provided expertise to help the Akmatovs meet international food safety standards (HACCP), and expand their exports to Kazakhstan without using intermediaries. By also supporting local farmers to boost milk production, USAID’s combined efforts in the dairy sector have grown the economy of Naryn oblast.
The entrepreneurs are also planning to install new equipment purchased with USAID’s support that will enable them to triple their production from 300 to 1000 MT per year and consequently buy more local milk.
The Prime Minister and the Akmatovs discussed the challenges that business owners face in financing improvements like these. USAID provides its contributions through grant funds, but works to ensure that these investments should always have potential to be profitable for its business partners.
This profitable model for rural economic development is a part of the USAID Agro Horizon Project, which focuses broadly on productivity, sales, and jobs in agricultural producers and processors across the Kyrgyz Republic.
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