Turkmenistan offloads surplus wheat to export
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, June 18 / Trend H. Hasanov /
TurkmenGallaOnumlery (Turkmen Grain Association) plans to sell 300,000 tons of wheat of the 2011 harvest volume that exceeded the country's domestic demand, at foreign markets through the State Commodity and Raw Materials Exchange of the country, an official Turkmen source said today.
The corresponding decree was signed by Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. The document aims at further increasing the country's export potential to sell wheat in connection with an increase in its production as a result of measures implemented in the agricultural sector.
Despite the drought year, more than 1.3 million tons of wheat was collected in 2011. This year, the bread grain covered 860,000 hectares of land. It is planned to collect 1.6 million tons.
In particular, it is planned to collect 450,000 tons in the Akhal region, 380,000 tons in Mary, 350,000 tons in Lebap, 300,000 tons in Dashoguz and 120,000 tons in Balkan region.
About 2000 combine harvesters will be used in the harvest campaign. Approximately 6000 trucks will transport wheat to the receiving points and elevators. Each of 158 receiving stations has been equipped with laboratories.
Turkmenistan was among the countries exporting wheat in 2010. About 1.5 million tons of wheat was collected during that period.
About 217,000 tons of wheat, including 150,000 tons in the form of wheat, 50,000 tons in the form of flour (on account of 67,000 tons of wheat) was put up for the auction of the harvest volume of 2010 exceeding domestic demand.