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Kazakhstan considers ECO as effective tool for cooperation in agriculture

by December 4, 2019 General

Kazakhstan attaches great importance to the participation in the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), Kazakh Vice-Minister of Agriculture Nurbek Dairbekov said.

Dairbekov made the remark in Baku at the sixth meeting of the ministers of agriculture of the ECO member states, Trend reports.

The necessary condition for participation is the effectiveness of regional multilateral cooperation, the vice-minister said.

Dairbekov added that Kazakhstan is considering ECO as an effective tool in the field of socio-economic and technical cooperation among the member countries in agriculture and other sectors.

“The ECO is a reliable basis for multilateral economic cooperation, the vice-minister said. It is an effective communication network and contributes to the security and stability of the entire vast region.”

Kazakhstan is the biggest food supplier in the region and the country’s agricultural sector has great potential for further production growth, Dairbekov added. The special attention is paid and state support is rendered to the development of this sphere.

Presently, Kazakhstan’s agricultural sector is one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy, ensuring not only the country’s food security, but also its economic stability, the vice-minister said. The production of agricultural products and processed agricultural products has grown by 1.4 times in Kazakhstan over the past five years.

At the same time, the average annual growth rates of labor productivity in the agro-industrial complex amounted to about 24 percent, GDP in agriculture exceeded $7 billion last year, Dairbekov said. The total export of agricultural products amounted to $2.5 billion in 2018 and increased by 25 percent compared to 2017.”

The vice-minister added that the Kazakh agricultural sector is attractive for business.

“More than $3.5 billion of investments have been attracted to the region over the past five years, the vice-minister said. Taking into account Kazakhstan’s geographical location, land resources and favorable environmental conditions, the agricultural sector is very favorable for attracting investments.”

The sixth meeting of the agriculture ministers of the ECO member-states was held in Baku Dec. 4.

Azerbaijani Agriculture Minister Inam Karimov, Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources Mukhtar Babayev, Chairman of Azerbaijan’s Food Safety Agency Goshgar Tahmazli, ECO Deputy Secretary General Sayed Yahya Akhlaqi, agriculture ministers of the ECO member-states including Turkish Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Bekir Pakdemirli, Kyrgyz Minister of Agriculture, Food Industry and Land Reclamation Erkinbek Choduev, Uzbek Agriculture Minister Jamshid Khodjaev, Tajik Agriculture Minister Izzatullo Sattori, Kazakh Vice-Minister of Agriculture Nurbek Dairbekov, Head of the Turkey-Azerbaijan friendship group Shamil Ayrim, Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Affairs of the Turkish Grand National Assembly, as well as managers and employees of the ECO Secretariat and experts in the agricultural sector attended the meeting.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency