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When Tajikistan was under the Soviet Union, the country’s agricultural production was controlled by directives and quotas from the government. Agronomists assigned to the collective farms (Kolkhoz and Sovkhoz) provided extension and advisory services. Following the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the ensuing civil war (1992-93) the country extension services are being provided today by a range of service providers: the public sector represented by the State extension officers, who are attached to the Ministry of Agriculture or to the regional or provincial governments; the private sector through private advisory services run by both international and domestic non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private companies; Internal advice within collective Dehkon farms and non-privatized enterprises; and local forms of knowledge exchange and mutual consultation inside the Mahalla (Mandler, 2010). The main trend in delivering extension services by donor funded projects is a “pay-per-service” approach ranging from being crop or livestock specific, expecting farmers to pay part of the full cost of advisory services, or attempting to recover these cost indirectly through input supply or micro-credit firms (Swanson et al., 2001). The resulting effect of this approach is that only a few progressive farmers with export market access are served and the vast majority of poor farm households, especially those headed by women farmers do not have access to extension services. For a full report on the pluralistic agricultural extension system in Tajikistan, click HERE

The Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services (MEAS) project conducted an assessment of the pluralistic extension system in Tajikistan in October 2011. The executive summary of the report is available at and the full report is available through the USAID Development Experience Clearing House,

Farmer Based Organizations and

Non-Governmental Organizations

AIST was set up by NADF. Since January 2008, AIST has focused on monitoring of markets inside Tajikistan and gathering different agro-marketing information.

  • National Association of Agricultural Advisory Services of Tajikistan, AgroDonish

Public Sector

  • Agricultural Information Network, AIN
  • Zarzamin
  • EHIO-Farhang va Tarakkiyot,
  • Agricultural Training and Advisory Center, ATAC

Public Research Institutions with Extension Unit

University-based Extension

Semi-autonomous Governmental Extension


Private Sector Organizations or Firms

  • Agribusiness Association of Tajikistan, AAT

Related Resources

The Ministry of Agriculture
Minister: Tursun Rakhmatov
44, Rudaki avenue, 734025 Dushambe, Tajikistan
Tel: +(992 372) 21 1596, 21 1094, 21 7118
(no URL could be identified)

The Ministry of Nature Protection
12, Bokhtaar str., 34025 Dushambe, Tajikistan
Tel: +(992 372) 21 3039, 21 4271, 21 6530
Fax: +(992 372) 21 1839

Academy of Sciences
President: Ulmas Mirsaidov
33, Rudaki avenue, 734025 Dushambe, Tajikistan
Tel: +(992 372) 21 5083, 21 5084

Academy of Agricultural Sciences
44, Rudaki avenue, 734025 Dushambe, Tajikistan
Tel: +(992 372) 21 7004, 21 3680; Fax: +(992 372) 21 3757

N.A. Maksumov Scientific Research-Production Center "Ziroatkor" and Scientific Research Institute of Farming
Under the authority of the Academy of Agricultural Sciences
Head: Tolib Bukhoriev
Sharora village, 735022 Gissar region, Tajikistan
Ex situ germplasm conservation: 300 of landraces of cereals, legumes and fodder grasses

Scientific Production Center "Bogparvar"
Under the authority of the Academy of Agricultural Sciences
17, Giprozemgorodok, Dushambe, Tajikistan
Head: Tursunboy Akhmedov
Tel: +(992 372) 31 3747, 31 1538
Includes: centers on gardening, viticulture, vegetables, potatoes
Ex situ germplasm conservation: landraces of cereals and legumes

State Variety Testing and Protection Committee Under the authority of the Ministry of Agriculture Head: Safarali Orikov
23, Mushfiki, Dushambe, Tajikistan
Tel: +(992 372) 33 2991, 33 1933, 33 1949
Ex situ germplasm conservation: landraces of cereals, legumes and fodder grasses

Forestry Production Center "Tajikles"
Head: Komil Abdukodirov
22, Rustaveli, Dushambe, 734025, Tajikistan
Tel: +(992 372) 23 1992, 21 140