Janybek Kerimaliev, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, Food Industry and Melioration of the Kyrgyz Republic, highlighted the importance of the webinars for improving food security. Haydar Fersoy, Senior Fishery and Aquaculture Officer of FAO, also explained that “regional networking, exchange of experiences, knowledge and good practices contribute to building a sustainable and competitive fishery and aquaculture industry”.
Photo: ©FAO/Mohamed Hammi.
16 December 2020, Bishkek – On 14 December 2020, the second “State of Fishery and Aquaculture Industry Briefing” webinar focused on Kyrgyzstan and featured the participation of key stakeholders, including representatives from FAO, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of the Republic of Turkey (MAF), and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Industry and Melioration of the Kyrgyz Republic, as well as representatives from private sector.
Organized under the project “Capacity Development for Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture Management in Central Asia (FISHCap)”, the webinar provided a detailed picture of the fishery and aquaculture industry in Kyrgyzstan. Representatives of key stakeholders used the event as a platform to discuss topics ranging from employment to the status of women in the sector and examined ways of improving sustainability and the productivity of the fishery and aquaculture industry in the country.
The event began with a speech by Adnan Quereshi, FAO Representative in Kyrgyzstan, who noted that 10 years ago the fisheries and aquaculture industry in Kyrgyzstan was almost non-existent, and commented positively on the rapid pace of development in the sector, while also highlighting the important role of technology transfer in the sector.
Haydar Fersoy, Senior Fishery and Aquaculture Officer of FAO, shared the desired outcomes of the webinar with the participants, stating that the series aims to build a regional stakeholder networking platform to support the development of the fishery and aquaculture industry. Fersoy added that “regional networking, the exchange of experience and knowledge, and good practice contribute to building a sustainable and competitive fishery and aquaculture industry”.
The next speaker, Raimund Jehle, FAO Regional Programme Leader, reminded the participants that the fisheries and aquaculture sector is key to reducing poverty. Jehle also emphasized the importance of cooperation with the private sector to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal targets related to sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.
In his speech, Turgay Türkyılmaz, Deputy Director-General, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Turkey, affirmed that the Ministry will also support regional private sector cooperation and fishery and aquaculture business development.
Janybek Kerimaliev, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, Food Industry and Melioration of the Kyrgyz Republic, ended the opening remarks by highlighting the importance of these webinars for improving food security.
The following technical sessions provided the participants with an opportunity to learn about the state of the fisheries and aquaculture industry in Kyrgyzstan and the nationwide performance of the sector. The last session discussed ways to improve the sustainability and productivity of the sector and boost collaboration with industry partners.
About the FAO-Turkey Partnership Programmes
The objectives of the FAO-Turkey Partnership Programmes are to provide support to ensure food security, rural poverty reduction and sustainable forest management, combat desertification and preserve ecosystems in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan and other countries of mutual interest.
Established in 2007, the first phase of the FAO Turkey Partnership Programme on Food and Agriculture (FTPP) has benefited from trust fund contributions totalling USD 10 million, financed by the Government of Turkey and represented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. During the first phase of the programme, 28 projects were implemented in 16 countries between 2009-2015.
In 2014, Turkey and FAO commenced the second phase of the FTPP along with the first phase of the FAO-Turkey Forestry Partnership Programme (FTFP) with an additional fund of USD 20 million, bringing Turkey’s total contribution to USD 30 million.