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Kumtor Operating Company, Agribusiness Competitiveness Center organize seminar for Kyrgyz fruit-processors.

The national seminar for specialists employed in fruit-processing sector of Kyrgyzstan was held at the fruit-processing mini-plant built in Ak-Terek, Jety-Oguz rayon, Issyk-Kul oblast, with the support of Kumtor Operating Company.During the three-day seminar, advanced aseptic canning methods and other new technologies were given by Marco Calza, an international expert from Italy, to a group of 25 technologists and directors of fruit-processing enterprises active throughout Kyrgyzstan. The seminar was organized by the Kyrgyz Agribusiness Competitiveness Center (ABCC) and Kumtor Operating Company."We have obtained a rare opportunity not only to learn more about the advanced methods adopted in the fruit-processing sector worldwide but also to exchange experience and establish contacts with our colleagues working in various parts of Kyrgyzstan. We are very grateful to KOC and ABCC for providing us with this opportunity," said Erdolot Tagaev, a technologist from Osh oblast."Kyrgyzstan has an enormous potential for the development of fruit-processing. The new aseptic equipment purchased with the support of KOC is a good example of introducing advanced technologies into this sector," said Marco Calza as he commented on the results of the seminar.The fruit-processing mini-plant in Ak-Terek was built as part of the KOC 3-year sustainable development program designed to encourage the social and economic development of five Jety-Oguz communities. Kumtor's contribution into this project is estimated at 17.5 million soms. The money was used to restore the premises housing the mini-plant with its sanitation system, transformer, preprocessing line, finished-products storage area and special packages. The mini-plant bought this year's yields of apples and apricots grown by the residents of the nearby villages. Importantly, the mini-plant acquired US $300,000 advanced antiseptic equipment manufactured in China according to the Italian technology. Currently, the equipment is being assembled, and the mini-plant expects to start commercial production out of its own feedstock at the end of this year."Advanced technologies, when mastered by local specialists, will enable Kyrgyzstan to gradually discard outdated production methods and make use of the state-of-the-art working techniques. We are happy to use projects of this kind to contribute to the improvement of the region's economy and the people's quality of life. That's what our sustainable development program is designed for," said Andrew Sazanov, KOC Vice-President for Government and Corporate Relations.

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Date:Nov 11, 2008
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