May 17, 2018

Land in 60 soums to be identified as farming zones


Based on resolutions set by the Citizens’ Representative Khurals of several provinces and a proposal from the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry, during its regular session on May 16, Cabinet approved a resolution to set specific farming zones in 60 soums. The farming zones include territories in 113 baghs in seven provinces. According to ministry officials, this decision would improve the use of farming areas, increase productivity, and protect soil fertility and the environment. Since 1990, the number of herders migrating to farming areas has increased dramatically, resulting in disputes between herders and farmers. Cabinet hopes that the decision will help end conflicts which have lasted for years.

Keywords: agriculture, crop farming, GoM   Today /page A2/

Over 8,600 hectares to be allocated for land distribution in 2018


Cabinet members approved over 8,600 hectares of land to be distributed to citizen in 2018, based on proposals from the Citizens’ Representative Khurals of Ulaanbaatar and the provinces. While 8,605 hectares area will be allocated for residential ownership, 30 hectares will be allocated for industrial purposes. Out of the 30 hectares approved for industrial use, 8 percent will designated for crop farming.

Keywords: land ownership, GoM   Daily News /page 2/ 


Coal export volume increased by 3% in Q1'18


The nation's coal export volume increased by three percent in the first quarter of 2018, reaching 795.8 million USD. Mining companies’ sales revenue has dramatically risen since March, with a total export volume of 3.56 million tons in April. After Minister U. Khurelsukh’s visit to the People's Republic of China in April, operations at the Gantsmod border checkpoint expanded to include three gateways for transport vehicles. Erdenes Tavan Tolgoi JSC reports that approximately 950-1,200 trucks started transporting coal through the Gashuunsukhait-Gantsmod border point in April. ETT sells its Baruun Tsankhi coal for 68.1 USD per ton and its Zuun Tsankhi coal for 60 USD per ton. In the first four months of 2018, mineral exports made up 85 percent of the nation's total exports.  

Keywords: Coal export, ETT   The Official Gazette /page 11/

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Cabinet and company officials to resolve financial challenges for the Baganuur and Shivee-Ovoo mines


During its regular session, Cabinet members discussed the financial difficulties of the Baganuur and Shivee-Ovoo coal mines and voted to take measures to resolve them. It was decided that officials should begin studying the opportunity to count a loan of 110 billion MNT from World Bank and the Government of Japan, which the Government of Mongolia first received within scope of the Mongolian Coal projectt, as an investment. Cabinet ordered the board of directors of Erdenes Mongol and Erdenes Tavan Tolgoi to internally resolve the short-term financial obligations of Baganuur and Shivee-Ovoo by June 1. Minister of Mining and Heavy Industry and other government agency officials  were assigned with taking measures to increasing coal prices to meet market standards.

Keywords: extractive industry, state-owned companies, GoM

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