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lion tonnes, " Kyrgyz Agricultural Minister Erkinbek
Choduev said during a press conference in 2020. " For
this reason, we plan to expand the arable land territory
to 300,000 hectares. "
However, the Kyrgyz flour milling companies committee warned that the dependence on imported grain
in the country was close to 60% or 70% in 2019, and
" the present situation was extremely dangerous, as it
could cause famine. "
" Even in the Soviet time, when there was a death
penalty for (grain) stealing, the 1-million-tonne target
of grain (production) was never beat, " said Rustam
Gunushev, chairman of the Kyrgyz flour milling companies committee. " These statements are nothing more
than populism. "
Kyrgyzstan's economy is facing similar challenges as
Turkmenistan and Tajikistan - rampant inflation and
skyrocketing prices for almost all food products on the
grocery shelves. There's also fears the pandemic could
jeopardize agriculture in Turkmenistan, Tajikistan,
Kirgizia, and Uzbekistan since all these countries are
heavily dependent on imported fertilizers, seeds, and
equipment and have no currency to pay for them.

Uzbekistan coping better
Uzbekistan is the biggest grain importer in Central
Asia. It produces 5 million tonnes of grain per year, importing 2.5 million tonnes. So far, it has navigated the
pandemic relatively well, avoiding deepening poverty,
empty shelves, or food stamps, according to the Uzbek
authorities. The Uzbek government has constrained the
rise in food prices on the domestic market by accumulating huge stocks before the pandemic and exempting
all food imports from VAT since April 2020. But, the
country's food prices still jumped by 26% in JanuaryOctober 2020.
" If we do not take the necessary measures today and
change the current system, tomorrow - in winter and
spring - the situation will become more complicated, "
Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev said during
a recent government meeting.
	
Vladislav Vortonikov is a correspondent from Voronezh, Russia.
He may be reached at Vorotnikov.vlsl@gmail.com.
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