The conference "Apple business of Tajikistan - 2017" was organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in Dushanbe during the period 31 March - 1 April 2017. The main goal of the conference was to raise interest amongst farmers and to increase investments into the production and processing of apples in Tajikistan. Despite the fact that Tajikistan has a very favorable climate for growing apples, domestic production is still low with a large share of imports. The conference covered business opportunities arising from the value chain – starting from growing apples to storing, processing and packaging. International experts from Holland, Ukraine and Kazakhstan shared their experiences in growing intensive orchards, including storing, sorting and packaging the apples.
On the second day of the conference, participants visited the demonstration plot - one of the leading apple farms in Tajikistan in the Hissar district, which produces apples in an intensive orchard equipped with a drip irrigation system and a modern storage facility. Participants had the opportunity to obtain hands-on experience at an intensive orchard, learn about the drip irrigation system and storage facility, as well as to pose questions to agronomists and farm specialists.
The Climadapt project was presented at the conference by the team leader Mr. Kairat Shalabay and his deputy Mr. Farukh Kasimov. The Climadapt project team set up an information stand which was aimed at increasing the awareness of the conference participants about the Climadapt project. All interested participants were able to learn about the Climadapt project activities and the support they could receive under the project.