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All the grain bumper harvest can be saved: Agriculture Minister

26 september 2011, 10:36
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Agriculture Minister Assylzhan Mamytbekov. ©Aizhan Tugelbayeva
Agriculture Minister Assylzhan Mamytbekov. ©Aizhan Tugelbayeva
Agriculture Minister Assylzhan Mamytbekov is sure that the bumper grain harvest can be saved.

Kazakhstan may harvest up to 25 million tons of grain [in bunker weight], Evgeniy Aman, Executive Secretary of the Agriculture Ministry, told journalists September 22. However, KazakhstanTemirZholy Railways Operator does not have enough grain carriers, and some grain producers have been talking of shortage of grain elevators to accommodate all of the grain.

“Impossibility to save the grain is an erroneous opinion (…) Not all of the grain needs elevators: most of the grain was harvested amidst dry weather conditions. It can be stored in simpler granaries”, Mamytbekov wrote in his Twitter September 23.

According to him, “out of 13.6 million tons of elevators’ capabilities, only 46% have been used by today”.

Tengrinews.kz had cited Finance Minister Bolat Zhamishev September 13, that the Government had allocated $34 million in 2011 to subsidize transportation across Russia of 2.5 million tons of export grain.

“There are plans to promote Kazakhstan’s grain to international markets [as grain storages are not capable of accommodating the anticipated bumper harvest this year]”, the Minister said at the time.

According to the Agriculture Ministry stats, Kazakhstan exported 5.9 million tons of grain in the 2010-2011 marketing year. This figure included grain equivalent of exported flour (2.5 million tons). The grain was traditionally exported to Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan.

According to the Government’s web-site, grain harvest in 2010 totaled 12.2 million tons (net weight). Grain harvest of 2009 made up 22.7 million tons (bunker weight).

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