Washington State Welcomes Uzbek Farmers

by Laurence on 9/25/2004 · 4 comments

From The Columbia Basin Herald [and UzReport–ed.]

The tour’s purpose is to find more efficient ways of running business and agriculture, and to transition to a market economy.

Kertaev said that the most interesting thing about visiting Moses Lake is that even in such a small city, one can find anything they need, either at once or in short notice. He said the group was also surprised at the safety of the town, and the ability to go anywhere at any time of day.

“The unique thing about Uzbekistan is its topography, its lay of the land, is very similar to ours,” Riley said. “The irrigation systems we have, the way we grow the crops (and) the crops we grow offer some potential for Uzbekistan.”

By collaborating with farm bureaus in Uzbekistan, Riley said that country and its farmers can begin to develop their agricultural economy. The BBEDC wants to develop an ongoing interchange relationship with a country to help them develop and acquire required equipment.

In addition, Riley said he is willing to invite one of the teenaged sons or daughters of Parpikhodjaev or Mastankhodjaev to live in his household for a year in Moses Lake and send them to school.

“Their children will be the leaders of tomorrow,” Riley said.

“This is only the beginning,” Kertaev said. “We hope it will last for many years, and your assistance, the assistance of your Council in particular, will help us at least to define our goals — what should we achieve first? — and to choose the right direction.”

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Nathan Hamm September 25, 2004 at 11:19 pm

Thanks for posting this. I’d been meaning to literally all day, but been too dog-tired from doing trail restoration this morning.

Since I’ve repeatedly mentioned how much I love exchange programs as an important component of US foreign policy in the region, this is right up my alley. I can only hope that they don’t take back the agricultural lessons that Kruschev learned in the US (fields of corn across the Soviet Union for those who don’t know that story). Really though, I’m glad to hear that this is happening.

Maybe it’s just me though, but I don’t think that it would ever occur to me that Uzbekistan and that part of Washington are all that similar. Maybe I’m missing something.

Laurence September 26, 2004 at 10:17 am

Nathan, the UzReport account is apparently a cut-and-paste job from the Columbia Basin Herald, nothing added from the Uzbek side…They need to learn how to credit sources properly, I think.

Nathan Hamm September 26, 2004 at 12:19 pm

You’re definitely right. I only included the link because I was fixing something in the post and noticed the UzReport one was easier to read (in Firefox anyway).

Laurence September 26, 2004 at 1:54 pm

No problem, maybe someone at UzReport will notice that they look a little unprofessional, copying instead of crediting…

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