Russia Reopens Market for Kazakhstan’s Livestock Products

As of January 15th, the Russian Federation has lifted restrictions on the import of livestock products from Kazakhstan. The decision was made following negotiations last December between the Ministers of Agriculture of Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation, Aidarbek Saparov and Dmitry Patrushev, the Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan has reported.

“This is an important step for the agricultural industries of Kazakhstan and Russia, which helps strengthen trade and economic ties between our countries,” Saparov stated.

The import of Kazakh livestock products to Russia was suspended in January 2022 due to veterinary problems in several regions of Kazakhstan. After a two-year break, the Russian market has reopened to suppliers of livestock products from those regions of Kazakhstan where the vaccination of cattle has been confirmed by the World Organization for Animal Health. In other regions, the vaccination campaign is still ongoing.

Saparov pointed to the fact that trade turnover between the two countries is uneven, with imports to Kazakhstan from Russia far exceeding exports. Therefore, Saparov focused on the potential for increasing the supply of Kazakh products to the Russian market.

In other news, as Russia is currently experiencing an acute shortage of chicken eggs, the Russian side has asked Kazakhstan to increase the supply of eggs. The issue was discussed on January 17th by the Deputy Prime Ministers of Kazakhstan and Russia, Serik Zhumangarin and Alexey Overchuk. Zhumangarin instructed the Ministry of Agriculture to urgently consider this issue and find ways of increasing the supply to border regions of the Russian Federation.

In 2022, Kazakhstan produced more than five billion chicken eggs, 102% of the population’s needs. From January-November 2023, 4.9 billion eggs were produced. During that period, Kazakhstan exported 186.6 million eggs — 114 million to Afghanistan, 70 million to Kyrgyzstan, and 2.6 million to Russia.


Times of Central Asia