Altynbek Bozgunov, Kyrgyz Republic

Farmer and participant in an animal husbandry training program organized by IFC, part of the World Bank Group's Finance and Markets Global Practice    

I was born and raised in Tyup village in the Issyk-Kul region. I graduated from veterinary college as a tractor driver. After the break-up of the Soviet Union, I held various jobs. In 2014, I opened a private dairy farm. I think that the Issyk-Kul region and our Tyup district were created by God for animal husbandry. Look at the pastures we have!

During (recent) animal husbandry training sessions with (IFC) specialists we learned a lot. The first and, as it turned out, most important thing, was how to improve how we fed our animals. We used a diet developed by the project team, adding vitamins and minerals to the feed. We were also told that we needed to use peas as food additives. We have learned how to properly sow them, when to harvest them, and how to store them.

We also learned about issues related to a cow’s health and artificial insemination. This helped us improve the quality of our livestock. We also received a lot of useful recommendations for improving our barns. We were taught about the importance of space, water, air, and many more things we hadn't thought much about.

We used to get about five liters of milk a day per cow. This year, after work with project teams, milk yields increased to 18 liters per day. They have almost tripled.

The farm feeds us and gives us jobs. My wife and elder brother also work here. I have four children - two sons and two daughters. They also help as much as they can. We want to expand farm and continue to improve our feeding and breeding processes.

Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, proper planning, and effort.