August 6, 2013
Kazakhstan's grain crop may reach over 16 million tonnes
By the end of the agricultural year, Kazakhstan expects to harvest around 16.3 million tonnes of grain (net weight).
Kazakhstan Vice-Minister of Agriculture Muslim Amiryayev said at the meeting chaired by Kazakhstan Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov that the total sowing area of all the crops made 21.4 million hectares in Kazakhstan. Grain will be harvested from the area of 15.7 million hectares this year. As of August 2, 830,000 tonnes of grain were collected from the area of 525,000 hectares and the average yield made was 15.7% per hectare, which is 5.8% more than last year.
"Over 67% of lands are currently in good condition and over 30% are in satisfactory condition. In this relation, the forecast of the gross harvest of grain in net weight stands at around 16.3 million tonnes," Umiryayev said.
He reminded that KZT60 billion (US$400 million) were allocated by KazAgro holding to finance the sowing and harvesting campaigns. About 410,000 tonnes of diesel fuel was supplied for the harvesting campaign.
"According to the preliminary estimations, the yield and the general gross harvest of grain is expected to be higher than in 2012," Vice-Minister said.
In his turn, the Prime-Minister stressed that the government took all necessary measures to ensure that the harvesting campaign is well-organised and the Akims (Mayors) were commissioned with constantly monitoring the course of the harvest campaign.
At the end of the discussion Akhmetov instructed the Akims to render support to the farmers in preparation of the agricultural equipment, ensure fuel supplies and provide other resources.
Kazakhstan Transport and Communications Ministry was instructed to provide a sufficient number of grain carrying wagons for grain transportation. The Ministry of Oil and Gas will have to provide control over timely supplies of the fuel.
Earlier Vice Chairman of the KazAgro National Company Board Dauren Makhazhanov told that Kazakhstan hoped to reap 15 million tonnes of grain in net weight.