February 9, 2006


Kazakhstan: wheat exports to Russia to fall on low quality



Kazakhstan's wheat export to Russia is likely to fall to just under one million tonnes in the current marketing year from 1.2 million tonnes in the 2004-2005 marketing year because of the poor quality of the wheat harvested, the agriculture ministry said.


In the first five months of the current marketing year, Jul-Nov, Kazakhstan's wheat exports to Russia fell to 221,000 tonnes from 610,000 tonnes in the corresponding period in the previous marketing year, the ministry said.


Kazakhstan's total wheat export in 2005-2006 is forecast by the agriculture ministry at 3.5 million tonnes, 800,000 tonnes more than in 2004-2005.


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