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The Kyrgyz Republic: Farm mechanization and agricultural productivity

Кыргызская республика - Механизация ферм и продуктивность сельского хозяйства

December 2009

This policy note results from joint efforts of the World Bank and FAO and is published under the TCI Country Highlights Series. The note reviews the status of farm machinery in the Kyrgyz Republic. The paper finds that a significant deficit in agricultural machinery is hindering sector productivity and presents three sets of short- to medium-term policy options to: i) promote the demand for farm machinery, by developing credit lines for agricultural productive assets, leasing, facilitating access to secondhand equipment, and testing/demonstrating the efficiency of farm machinery for small-scale farming; ii) increase the supply of farm machinery, by facilitating the development of mechanical services contracting and improving access to farm machinery import markets, including for second-hand equipment; iii) remove obstacles to private investment, by avoiding direct public sector distributions of farm machinery or inputs in-kind, the setting of production targets for specific crops, and ensuring that the private sector is free to fulfill its role.
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