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Grain exports may hit record high 13 million tons

15 may 2012, 13:46
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Kazakhstan’s grain exports in the marketing year of 2011-2012 will hit record high 13 million tons, KazTag Agency reports, citing the nation’s Agriculture Minister Assylzhan Mamytbekov as saying May 15.

“Currently we are exporting 1 300 000 tons a month, including grain equivalent of flour. From May to September we expect to export another 5 million tons. Starting from September 2011 to May 1, 2012 we exported a total of 8 million tons. If we export another 5 million, the overall export figure this marketing year will stand at 13 million tons, which is record high”, Mr. Mamytbekov said.

The Minister elaborated that the marketing year in agriculture stands for a period from July 1 to July 1; given that Kazakhstan mostly rely on spring wheat, it makes sense to assess the grain balance in September.

According to the State Agency for Statistics, grain production in Kazakhstan in 2011 totaled 26.9 million tons (net weight), with exports potential standing at 15 million tons.

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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