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21/05/2009

It’s sunny side up for Kazakh farmers - Better seeds mean higher yields for sunflower sector


Sunflower oil is by far the major vegetable oil consumed in Kazakhstan, but growing demand in recent years has been met largely by imports rather than increased production.

Low rainfall results in poor yields - and sunflower's poor reputation among farmers in northwestern Kazakhstan. But the picture may be changing, thanks in part to efforts by FAO and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to strengthen the sunflower oil sector through a series of hybrid trials, coupled with farmer training, in the Aktobe and Uralsk regions of northwestern Kazakhstan, areas not traditionally known for sunflower production.

More information at : http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/19894/icode/