January 22, 2014
Kazakhstan to boost dairy, meat export
In his State-of-the-Union Address, President Nursultan Nazarbayev spoke in support of farming and introduction of agricultural innovations, Tengrinews reports, citing Interfax-Kazakstan.
President Nazarbayev addressed in his speech the development of dairy and meat production and noted that the future lies in expansion of Kazakhstan capacity of exporting these products to other countries in the Central Asian region. The President believe that farmers "must have direct access to long-term financing and sales markets" to ensure development of the farming sector.
Understanding the dangers that farmers face with loan for development of their business, the President recommended providing protection to borrowers in the agricultural sector. "Creation of an efficient credit insurance system is a vital need in this matter," President Nazarbayev added.
The President talked about development of environmentally friendly technologies as a part of the Green Economy Concept, which advocates sustainable development of the economy through avoiding depletion of resources. President Nazarbayev proposed ensuring a 15% increase in cultivated lands that use water saving technologies by 2030.
He also called Kazakhstan to take advantage of genetically modified, drought resistant cultures. "People should not be afraid of (genetically modified products) because they do not know much about them. Genetically modified products will be rapidly spread throughout the world," President Nazarbayev concluded.