Seminar of rural practitioners in Osh

At the end of March, practitioners from Kashka-Suu and Alaiku attended a workshop to share knowledge and experience in developing value chains for sheep wool, berries, namely sea buckthorn and currants, and medicinal herbs. The workshop presented the results of a study conducted by RDF experts under the Sustainable Land Management in the Pamir-Alai Region (PALM) project in 2010, and discussed further cooperation among practitioners involved in the production, processing and implementation of projects on wool, wild berries and medicinal herbs.

The workshop participants shared their experiences and gave examples of personal observations, discussed common problems and difficulties, and debated together on the prospects for cooperation and development of the industries. It was noteworthy that producers and processors from Kashka-Suu and Alaiku ail districts, as well as intermediaries and realizers from Osh city and Osh oblast were able to discuss their issues of interest "face to face" for the first time, which provided an opportunity to gain new knowledge and establish links for further joint actions and initiatives.

According to the seminar participant Tazhybaev Asan, a resident of Achysuu village in Kashka-Suu ai district: "I am grateful to the organizers of this event for the invitation. It was useful for me, I learned a lot of things, at least I saw a wool processor who is successful in working with wool, and this is encouraging. After all, up until that point, as a wool producer, I didn't see any prospects for the industry at all. We exchanged contacts.

At the end of the workshop, the participants came up with many practical ideas and suggestions, one of which was the creation of small-scale cooperatives and a network to sell the products of production.
Rural institutional development