November 4, 2011
Kazakhstan to harvest 26 million tonnes of grain
Kazakhstan expects to harvest at least 26 million tonnes grain in net weight, according to the Minister of Agriculture, Asylzhan Mamytbektov.
This year Kazakhstan plans to reap a record grain harvest of 60 years. Export potential is estimated at 15 million tonnes. Due to the record harvest, Kazakhstan is seeking for additional markets for its grain and considering possibility for exporting grain to the African and European countries.
According to Mamytbektov, the grain of this year's harvest is of good quality. "Ninety % of all grain harvest is brad-grain," he said. Earlier, the Ministry of Agriculture said Kazakhstan planed to harvest 22-23 million tonnes of grain in net weight.
As the Food Contract Corporation of Kazakhstan told Trend earlier, eight million tonnes of the grain harvest will be used for domestic consumption, the six million tonnes for traditional markets (Central Asia, Iran, Azerbaijan and other neighbouring countries), while five million tonnes will be bought by Food Corporation to stabilize the market. The rest volume of grain will be exported to new markets.