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10.01.07á16:51

"MADE IN TURKMENISTAN" TRADEMARK FOR OLIVE OIL
Initiative of ecologists gets all-out support of Turkmen entrepreneurs
Some four dozen business projects are being implemented in Balkan province within the programme "Sustainable Development of Caspian Coastal Communities" sponsored by the Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia jointly with EU. The initiative is aimed at boosting the active participation of population in ecology-friendly productions and to preserve the diverse environment of the Caspian region.

Balkan province is famous for its onshore and offshore resources. At the same time, the province also sees the rapid growth of agriculture, including regions that were not previously considered cultivatable. Businessmen and entrepreneurs play not the least role in this process. The development of entrepreneurship is progressing in rural areas thanks to the fact that farm production in Turkmenistan has been exempted from all taxes. The programme "Sustainable Development of Caspian Coastal Communities" is supported by the environment protection body of Turkmenistan and local authorities. Using grants and technical assistance, entrepreneurs succeeded in establishing stable businesses and starting production of ecological pure products.

The programme has embraced the entire coast of the Caspian Sea - Turkmenbashi, Karabogaz, Hazar and coastal villages. The scope of entrepreneurial business is wide - new shops, bakeries, bath and laundry complexes were opened, and traditional businesses are being revived.

For example, one of the programme participants, Vladimir Chernik, an entrepreneur from Turkmenbashi, established a farm on mushrooms production. Almagul Seyliyeva owns a tomato greenhouse and Ilgar Ahmedov opened a meat-and-milk farm.

One of the largest projects is olive oil production established on the basis of Etrek scientific-industrial experimental center of subtropical crops.

"Our goal is to increase production, expand territories for olive trees. With this end in mind, we pass oil tree plants to the population," says project manager Palvan Soyunov.

Some four dozen projects have been funded under the programme "Sustainable Development of Caspian Coastal Communities".

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Oleg VINOKUROV

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