Grain harvest (net weight) estimated at 22-23 million tons: Agriculture Minister
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According to Kazakhstan’s Agriculture Ministry, grain harvest (net weight) is estimated at 22-23 million tons, Novosti Kazakhstan quoted Minister Assylzhan Mamytbekov as saying October 10. When speaking at the country’s Majilis (lower chamber) he reminded that over 24 million tons of grain have been thrashed so far, which is 90% of the area under grain. Starting from November Kazakhstan will boost grain exports to 1-1.2 million tons a month. Kazakhstan may harvest up to 25 million tons of grain [in bunker weight], Evgeniy Aman, Executive Secretary of the Agriculture Ministry, had told journalists September 22. 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).