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.
“The harvest can reach 25 million tons, should the yield remain the same in all the territories under crops”, Mr. Aman said.
As of today, Kazakhstan has harvested a total of 20 million tons. Harvesting is over in 77% of the area under crops.
“This year average grain yield stands at 16 metric centners a hectare, with the figure reaching over 30 centners in some northern regions. Kazakhstan has not seen such a harvest since 1950(…)”, Agriculture Minister Assylzhan Mamytbekov had announced earlier.
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).