Kazakhstan: export of agricultural and food products on the rise

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ASTANA (TCA) — Food products from Kazakhstan are exported mainly to nearby markets of Russia and Central Asia countries, Meirzhan Maikenov, deputy chairman of national investment and export promotion company Kazakh Invest, told a press conference on November 21, the official website of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reported.

In his words, over the past few years, active work has been carried out on the output of Kazakh brands on the shelves of Russian retail networks. So, Kazakhstan goods are now present in more than 1,000 trade outlets of the Russian Federation.

“Kazakhstani products are available not only in the Siberian regions of Russia that are close to Kazakhstan. Last week saw the first deliveries of Kazakhstani products to stores of the northern regions of the Russian Federation,” he added.

Maikenov said that every year, there is a 15% growth in the number of exported goods from Kazakhstan.

At the same time, much work is now under way to export agricultural products and food products to the opening market of China. As a result, for 9 months of 2017, the export of agricultural products to China increased by 20.2% (from $95.6 million to $119.9 million). Agreements have been signed for the supply of lamb meat, honey, and vegetable oil. Obtaining Chinese permits for the export of lamb meat and dairy products is currently in progress.

At the meeting of the Kazakh Government on November 21, First Vice Minister of Agriculture, Kairat Aituganov, reported on measures to improve the export policy in the agricultural sector. He said that exports of agricultural products and processed products totaled $1.3 billion in January-August 2017. In general, compared with the same period in 2016, there was an increase in exports of agricultural products by 10.6% (from $1.2 billion to $1.3 billion), including agricultural products by 9.9%.

 

Sergey Kwan

TCA