Kazakhstan to export 8-9 million tons of grain

Business Materials 6 September 2011 16:22

Kazakhstan, Astana, Sept. 6 / Trend A.Maratov /

Kazakhstan intends to export wheat and grain in the amount of 8-9 million tons year, the Kazakh Agriculture Ministry's Agriculture and Plant Protection Department Director Anna Buts said in an interview with Trend.

"Kazakhstan's grain export, including flour in grain equivalent, is projected at 8-9 million tons in 2011-2012 marketing year," Buts said.

The grain harvest is projected at 18 million tons in Kazakhstan in 2011. Based on the forecast of the International Grains Council, the world's total yield of wheat in 2011-2012 will amount to 674 million tons, which exceeds last year's volume (651 million tons) by 23 million tons.

"An increase is expected in the total yield of grain in Russia, Ukraine, the EU, the U.S. (in the Black Sea region and the EU - through higher yields on a background of favorable weather conditions), which creates a certain competitive backdrop for our grain," she said.

Buts said the country plans to export its grain in the current marketing year to markets in North Africa, the Middle East (via Black Sea ports), as well as in China and Southeast East Asia (through the territory of China), in addition to traditional markets (Azerbaijan, Iran, Tajikistan, Afghanistan).