Kazakhstan plans to increase grain exports to China

Business Materials 15 May 2012 15:32 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, May 15 / Trend E. Kosolapova/

Kazakhstan plans to increase grain exports to China after the new railway line Zhetygen-Korgas is launched, Kazakh Agriculture Minister Asylzhan Mamytbekov said, Kazinform reported.

"The new railway will allow us to increase the grain export volume. The volume of Chinese demand is growing steadily. Thus we can supply greater grain volumes to China in the future," Mamytbekov said at the sidelines of the government meeting on Tuesday.

Launching Zhetygen-Korgas railway is scheduled for December 2012. The railway will be 293 kilometers long and have 14 operation points, including 5 stations, 28 bridges and 2 overbridges.

Kazakhstan is among the world's major grain exporters. In 2011 the republic had a record harvest of nearly 27 million tons of grain in net weight. Export potential was estimated at 15 million tons.