Kazakhstan plans to increase automation of agricultural services
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 19
By Rashid Shirinov – Trend:
Ministry of Information and Communications of Kazakhstan plans to bring the automation of services in agriculture to 80 percent in 2019, Trend reports via Kazakh media.
Minister Dauren Abayev said at a government meeting that it is also planned to transfer 12 types of subsidies to the online mode and bring the number of smart farms to 500.
"As part of the digitalization of the agro-industrial complex, elements of precision agriculture were introduced at 14 pilot farms in the country. This reduced farmers’ costs by an average of 15-20 percent and increased productivity by 2.5 times," he said.
As an example, he cited Barayev Research and Production Center for Grain Farming, where operating costs were reduced by 15-20 percent, which saved 250 million tenge.
The minister noted that 65 million hectares of land has been digitized to date.
"Registration of 5 types of subsidies for agricultural activities has been transferred to the online mode. Some 23,000 applications from farmers were considered," Abayev added.
He also mentioned the introduction of electronic grain receipts, which reduced their issuance time from 10 days to 10 minutes.
" A total of about 146,000 electronic grain receipts and over 32 million tons of grain were issued," the minister said.
(376.26 KZT = 1 USD on Feb. 19)
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