Kumtor Company and Kyrgyz Agro-Input Enterprise Development (KAED) Project, implemented by International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), launched a joint project on rehabilitation of two sites with a total acreage of 1,500 hectares in Svetlaya Polyana and Jeti-Oguz rural councils, Issyk-Kul oblast. The launching ceremony was held on April 16, 2014 in Svetlaya Polyana rural council, Issyk-Kul oblast. It is planned to complete rehabilitation works by end of August 2014.
Kumtor Company allocated 242,000 U.S. dollars for rehabilitation works. KAED project and local farmers will invest expertise and labor in an approximate amount of 80,000 U.S. dollars. The activity is aimed at rehabilitation of irrigation systems and soil fertility restoration, both of which are necessary to bring the land back to production.
The rehabilitation works and agricultural productivity improvement are expected to benefit at least 3,500 farmers in the region. After land rehabilitation, farmers would be able to increase their yields of wheat, barley and perennial grasses. It will be possible to grow other crops, such as potatoes, oilseeds, pulses, garlic.