The province of Chuy or Chui is the northernmost province of Kyrgyzstan. It takes its name from the river that crosses it. Although from 2003 to May 2006 the capital was Tokmak, now its administrative center is Bishkek, capital and most important city of the country, which is formally not part of the province. It has an area of 18,684 km², which in terms of extension is similar to that of El Salvador. Its population was 790,500 inhabitants in 2009. Agricultural production includes wheat, corn, beet, potato, alfalfa, and various vegetables and fruits. During the Soviet period several industries were established across the province, resulting in the emergence of a number of urban centers such as Tokmak, Kant and Kara-Balta.