Astana, Kazakhstan, Oct. 30
By Daniar Mukhtarov - Trend:
Over 16 million metric tons of grain was ground in Kazakhstan as of Oct. 27, 2014, according to a message from the country's Agriculture Ministry.
"The harvesting of new agricultural crops is hampered due to this year's unfavorable climatic conditions. In the northern regions the harvest was impeded by precipitation in late Sept.- early Oct," the ministry said.
The ministry also said that as of 27th of October, crops have been harvested from over 13.1 million hectares (87.5 percent), and 16.2 million metric tons of grain has been grinded with an average yield of 12.3 metric meters per hectare.
The Akmola, Kostanai and North Kazakhstan regions harvested crops from 11.5 million hectares, grain was harvested from 9.7 million hectares, or 84.3 percent of the total harvested area, some 12 million metric tons of grain was grinded with an average yield of 12 4 tons per hectare, the ministry said.
According to stats for the ministry's regional departments, the area of harvested crop stands at 15 million hectares (the area decreased by 736,300 hectares compared to 2013).
As part of a diversification program, the sowing structure has changed significantly, the message said.
"For instance, the fields for wheat cultivation shrank in the last 5 years by over 2 million hectares (from 14.8 million hectares in 2009 to 12.4 million hectares in 2014). At the same time the fields for other crops' cultivation are widening," the message said.
The ministry said the fields for cultivation of oilseed crops in Kazakhstan widened from 0.7 million hectares in 2009 to 2.3 million hectares in 2014, the fields for vegetables, cucurbitaceous plants and potatoes - from 338,000 hectares in 2009 to 413,000 hectares in 2014, fodder crops - from 2.5 million hectares in 2009 to 3.3 million hectares in 2014.
Edited by CN