Valley Irrigation and Kusto Group form joint venture to establish sustainable agriculture in Central Asia


Valley Irrigation and private holding company Kusto Group have formed a joint venture to improve sustainability and resource conservation in the Republic of Kazakhstan, to introduce advanced farm technology to local farmers in the region, and serve as the foundation for making the country an agricultural hub in Central Asia.

According to Josh Dixon, vice-president and general manager, international irrigation for Valley, Kazakhstan has potential to be an agricultural leader in Central Asia. “The government of Kazakhstan is looking to Valley to support implementation of precision agriculture best practices and cutting-edge farming technologies that are sustainable and that produce better yields while using fewer resources,” said Dixon.”

Kazakhstan is the ninth-largest country in the world by land mass – the world’s largest landlocked country – with a population of 18 million. A full 81 percent of Kazakhstan is cultivated land, and 80 percent of the country is predominantly arid steppe or desert. 
In April 2020, the government of Kazakhstan announced a modernization of the irrigation infrastructure of irrigated lands in the country. At the time, the government stated that Kazakhstan has 1.5 million hectares of irrigated land, most of which are in the southern regions. In 2019, 12.3 billion cubic metres of water was consumed for irrigation, which accounts for 67 percent of total water consumption in the country.
The government stated that by the end of 2022, 6,785 kilometres of canals, four reservoirs four hydroelectric facilities, 239 vertical drainage wells and about 23,000 other water facilities will be constructed in the country.
The joint venture between Valley Irrigation and Kusto Group will create a network of farms designed to demonstrate advanced irrigation technologies and train local farmers in responsible water management. Valley solutions manufactured in Kazakhstan will serve the domestic market and act as a hub for exports to the region. 
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization recognized Kazakhstan as one of the five most perspective agriculture producers globally, and potentially a top player in ensuring regional and international food security in the coming years.
“Given the major increases in the importance of the issue of food security in the context of the ongoing and potential future pandemics, it is instrumental that we speed up our efforts in realizing this potential,” said Askar Mamin, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan. “This is why we so deeply value the role Valmont Industries is willing to play in this process by bringing their production capacity, human capital and best practices here.” 

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