October 9, 2008


Kazakhstan's grain yield hits 17.2 million tonnes despite drought

Kazakhstan's grain yield this year has exceeded original expectations of 16-17 million tonnes, despite a drought that plagued the country's southern regions.


Kazakhstan has harvested over 17.2 million tonnes of grains from 99.3 percent of total sown areas, according to the Minister of Agriculture Akylbek Kurishbaev.


Sown acreage this year reached 19.9 million hectares, including 13.6 million hectares under wheat, the Ministry of Agriculture said.


Last year, Kazakhstan registered a new grain harvest record of over 20.1 million tonnes in net weight, up 22 percent from 2006.

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