Establishment of the Elite Karakul-Sur Nucleus Flock at Koybak Livestock Cooperative in Karauzyak district of Karakalpakstan (Uzbekistan)
In April, 2015, during the field mission of ICARDA staff (Dr. Barbara Rischkowsky, Dr. Mourad Rekik and Makhmud Shaumarov) met with the Hokim (Governor) of Karauzyak District of Karakalpakstan to identify research and development needs and priorities of the district for livestock productivity improvement. The Hokim expressed his interest for cooperation and to extend support for our project activities focused on livestock cooperative Koybak. The governor also informed the delegates on recent changes in Karakul pelt market and on particular market demands for highly valued Karakul-Sur pelt both in domestic and regional markets: local prices per Karakul-Sur pelt vary from 50-300 thousand UZS, whereas in regional markets from 100- 300 USD. In this concern, the governor suggested ICARDA staff to extend research activities and practical assistance to improve the quality of Karakul Sur breed in Koybak livestock cooperative (the former “40 years of Karakalpakstan”) that would stimulate pelt production and its value chain development in the district in the long-run. The following two tables briefly illustrate the current livestock production patterns in Karauzyak district of Karakalpakstan.