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Kyrgyzstan film crew visits Las Cruces for farming tips

A film crew from Osh, Kyrgyzstan gained insight from New Mexico State University agricultural experts as well as area farmers on how to better the farming methods in their home country.

Kyrgyzstan film crew members Mamir Abdullaev (left), Guljamal Chokmorova (center), and Aigul Batirova (right), observe the pecan orchards at Western Blend Fertilizer as part of the documentary they are producing in hopes to help educate farmers in their country to better farm production. (NMSU photo by Robert Yee)

The documentary film crew from Daston TV arrived in Las Cruces Thursday, July 30, for a two-day exploration of the Mesilla Valley's farm production. Because Las Cruces has a very similar environment to Kyrgyzstan, the crew hopes the footage will help educate Kyrgyzstani farmers on how to better their farm production.

"The crew is interested in how we deal with issues like drought and the current economic condition, so this is a great way to show the sustainability expertise of the university and what we do and how we do it in this environment," said Steve Loring, associate director of NMSU's Agricultural Experiment Station.

Members of the film crew met with NMSU agricultural experts Thursday for a driving tour of both organic and commercial cotton production, and later visited Western Blend Fertilizer for a tour of pecan production.

"There is a lot to be gained by developing these relationships, not only within the state but across the U.S. and with other countries. There are some great collaborations that have developed that not only assist us, but also allow us to assist other individuals," said Jon C. Boren, associate dean and director of NMSU Cooperative Extension Service.

The film crew was also interested in the support NMSU provides to local farming production.

"The university is a great organization that works with local farmers and supports them, consults with them and provides a great assistance to them," film crew member Aigul Batirova said.

The second day of the visit included a trip to Hatch for a tour of Hatch Valley Agriculture including alfalfa, cotton, chile, pecans and onion.

The group's visit was a public affairs project sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.