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Kazakhstan looks to put its halal industry on right track

Business Materials 25 November 2019 14:17
Kazakhstan looks to put its halal industry on right track

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Nov.25

By Nargiz Sadikhova - Trend:

Following the study of Kazakhstan’s geographical location, volume of agricultural market, transport availability, conclusion that potential markets for increase of Kazakh agriculture goods export are CIS countries, Turkey, Iran and countries of Persian Gulf, a representative of Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan told Trend.

At the same time, as noted by the representative, halal products are of high demand on these markets.

Due to this, the ministry in cooperation with Atameken national chamber of entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan and other interested parties have prepared a roadmap for development of halal food products, which was approved by Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister Askar Mamin.

“The activities of the roadmap are aimed at development of state regulation system of this sector, standardization, accreditation, certification, manufacturing development and promotion of halal products in accordance with international standards,” the representative said.

According to the representative, the list of the mainly exported goods by Kazakhstan includes meat, meat products, fish and fish products, milk products and other.

“Implementation of the roadmap activities will allow Kazakh manufacturers to orient their products on more demanded markets, receive higher income and increase labor efficiency, as well as give the opportunity not only for development of internal halal market but also for increase of overall export potential of Kazakhstan’s agriculture,” the representative said.

Furthermore, Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS) has developed a roadmap draft for development of halal production in Kazakhstan and CIS region taking into consideration the approved roadmap.

“IOFS on halal issues are ready to act as a partner and assist in the search and attraction of best practices in Organization of Islamic Cooperation,” the report said.

The initiative to create the IOFS within the Organization of Islamic Cooperation was put forward by the First President of Kazakhstan – Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev.

The IOFS is headquartered in Nur-Sultan. Currently, the organization includes 33 states of the Islamic world and its activities are aimed at mobilizing the efforts of the Muslim world in the development of agriculture and food potential.

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