Kazakhstan increasing grain exports to Turkey, Georgia, Italy, Spain

NUR-SULTAN (TCA) — This year it is planned to harvest 19 million tons of grain in Kazakhstan, the Minister of Agriculture Saparkhan Omarov said at a press conference in the Government of Kazakhstan on September 3.

To date, 2,169 agribusiness entities have been funded to support the cultivation of agricultural crops on an area of 3.1 million hectares throughout the country, the press service of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reported.

Minister Omarov said that in the current season, JSC Food Contract Corporation plans to purchase up to 1 million tons of grain.

At the same press conference, the Chairman of the Board of Food Contract Corporation Rinat Akberdin spoke about the ongoing work on grain export and the main markets for domestic agricultural products.

“This year, the main export flow will be directed to traditional markets – these are the countries of Central Asia, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, and Iran. About 7.5 million tons were delivered [to the above countries] last year, which is 68% of the total exports,” Akberdin said. “Exports to Turkey, Georgia, Italy, and Spain are also growing.”

Along with this, the supply of Kazakhstan grain and flour to China annually increases. If in 2016, the volume of exports to China amounted to about 300 thousand tons, in 2018 the figure grew to 600 thousand tons. At the same time, agreements have already been reached on the supply of wheat in 2020.

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