Kazakhstan increases wheat exports by nearly 50%
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 29
By Rashid Shirinov – Trend:
In the first 11 months of 2018, Kazakhstan exported 5.5 million tons of wheat and meslin, which is 49 percent more compared to the same period of 2017, Trend reports referring to EnergyProm.kz.
In money terms, the exports reached $862.5 million, 48.8 percent up year-on-year.
Barley exports for the 11 months amounted to 1.5 million tons, a double increase year-on-year, and to $247.6 million in money terms, 2.3 times more compared to the same period of 2017.
In 2018, Kazakhstan’s Food Contract Corporation exported almost 430,000 tons of grain, including 158,000 tons of wheat to Transcaucasia, 128,400 tons of wheat to Central Asia, 110,600 tons of barley to Iran, and 30,000 tons of wheat to China.
Last year, the President of Kazakhstan set the task to increase labor productivity in the agro-industrial sector and export of processed agricultural products by at least 2.5 times.
According to the Agriculture Ministry, as of November 7, 2018, the country harvested grain and leguminous crops from an area of 15.1 million hectares, threshed 22.8 million tons, and the average yield was 15.1 centners per hectare.
The Akmola (4.3 million hectares), Kostanay (4.1 million hectares) and North Kazakhstan (2.8 million hectares) regions are leading in terms of harvest of grain and leguminous crops.
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