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Agriculture Minister on grain exports

03 november 2011, 12:30
©RIA Novosti
©RIA Novosti
Kazakhstan plans to export 2.5 million of this year’s grain harvest towards the Black and Baltic seas, Agriculture Minister Assylzhan Mamytbekov announced November 2.

“In October we exported 600 000 tons. We hope to bring this figure up to 800 000 in November and to 1 million in December. We are taking measures to promote exports towards the Baltic and Black seas, where Kazakhstan’s grain is not quite competitive. We hope to export about 2.5 million in this direction”, Minister Mamytbekov said when speaking before the Senate.

“Besides, exporters are working to supply grain to our traditional markets. We plan to export to these countries [such as Central Asia states, the Transcaucasia, Afghanistan and Iran] a total of 8 million. In terms of exports it will be a record”, he said.

As of early November, Kazakhstan has thrashed 29.5 million tons, which will translate in at least 23 million tons in net weight. The export potential is estimated at 15 million tons.

The Minister admitted there were certain difficulties related to storage and transportation.

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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