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Soil fertility critical in Kyrgyzstan - expert.

The miserly funds are allocated in Kyrgyzstan to combat land degradation, said Stats Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Processing Industry, National Coordinator for Implementation of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification in Kyrgyzstan Kambarali Kasymov.In 1994, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 17 the "World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought". The heads of the involved agencies today held the conference to draw societal attention to desetification problems in Kyrgyzstan.A big attention is paid to land fertility throughout the world. The European Union allocates 40% of its budget to maintain sustainable environmental productivity of land, Kasymov said. The Government of Kyrgyzstan allocates 4% of the public budget for these purposes, he added. In the result, more than half of 9.2 million hectares of pastures and 1.025 million hectares of arable land are exposed to land degradation. "Forests dropped in size to 4.2% versus 6% in 1930," he said.During the last 10 years, land was re-distributed during land reforms in agriculture. At the same time all works related to improvement of agricultural land decreased that resulted in a sharp deterioration of land fertility, which is now valued as critical, he said.

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Date:Jun 17, 2008
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