14 seed farms were selected as part of a joint project with USAID, the government's press service reported on January 23 . 5 of them are located in Chui region, 2 - in Osh, Jalal-Abad and Issyk- Kul regions and one each - in Batken, Naryn and Talas regions. 96 units of dressing, groundcare, sowing and harvesting agricultural machinery and equipment totaling $4.1 million were purchased for the selected farms. In addition, original crop seeds for further breeding for $0.3 million were bought for 14 farms under the project. Currently these 14 seed farms and the State Fund for economic development at the Ministry of Finance of Kyrgyz Republic signed agreements on purchase of above-mentioned agricultural equipment and seed crops in form of interest-free loan commodity. Commodity loan is granted for seven years, with a grace period of 2 years. 30% of total commodity loan will be paid by money and 70% - seed crops. In 2013, selected seed farms produced seed crops. First repayment of commodity in the form of 500 tons of seeds that will be distributed at spring sowing this year on the basis of decisions of republican and regional interagency state commissions on distribution of trade credit is scheduled for February 2014 .
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