Besides, KazakhstanTemirZholy National Railways Operator has signed agreements with other companies to rent a total of 5 500 grain railway cars.
Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev met with Prime-Minister Karim Massimov to discuss grain harvesting progress.
Kazakhstan may harvest up to 25 million tons of grain [in bunker weight] this year. 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.
In 2010 Iran introduced ban on imports of 20 agricultural produce items, including wheat and rice.
As of today the country has harvested a total of 20 million tons. Harvesting is over in 77% of the area under crops.
The task is to export and transport it as soon as possible: PM Massimov.
According to Agriculture Minister, 75% of grain has been already harvested.
Agriculture Minister Assylzhan Mamytbekov had told a briefing August 17 2011 that grain harvest in Kazakhstan would make up 18.9 million tons.
500 thousand tons of grain will be transported from grain yielding northern parts to the west and south of the country.
The administration of North Kazakhstan region decided to engage college and university students during the harvest time.
With favorable weather conditions in August and September the grain harvest can exceed the expectations, breaking the 2009 record: Kazakhstan’s Research Institute for Environmental and Climate Studies.
According to regional governors, gross grain harvest is expected at 18.9 million tons: Agriculture Minister.
Tajik locust larvea is going to be the main threat for Kazakhstan wheat in the coming two years.