Southern Corridor on Grain Transportation Practically to Shut Down due to Aggravated Situation in Caucasus: Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister
Kazakhstan, Astana, 18 August /corr. Trend K.Konirova / Due to aggravated situation in Caucasus, "southern corridor" on transportation of grain practically will be shut down, the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, Karim Masimov, told on 18 August.In his opinion, current alternatives to the Russian direction of export have not remained.
"This year, there was a good harvest in Russia, and in Ukraine, and thus, problems can arise in Kazakhstan. Ministry of Agriculture, "Kazakhstan Temirjoly" and exporters are in charge of tightly working and determining the channels of exporting grain," Karim Masimov said to conference of Government in Astana today.
The conference also focused on removal of ban grain export. The Prime Minister charged the Agriculture Minister to soon hold a meeting with the participation of the basic grain exporters and report situation on the regions."If I will be sure that the domestic market will not suffer, there are sufficient reserves, all contracts have been concluded, then we will make a decision on removal of grain export ban," promised the Prime Minister and added: "If we do not obtain such guarantees, then the ban will not be removed".
During the conference on Saturday at the Ministry of Agriculture, a decision was made that Kazakhstan will remove grain export ban from 1 September 2008.
According to the Agriculture Minister, Akhylbey Kurishbayev, today the harvesting of cereal crops already goes practically in all regions of Kazakhstan, and currently already 8% of planted areas has been covered. At present the volume of harvest is 832,000 tons.
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