Kazakhstan to diversify country's sowing to expand agricultural goods export
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb.21
By Nargiz Sadikhova - Trend:
The volume of grain grinding in Kazakhstan amounted to 17.4 million tons in 2019, which is 14.3 percent (2.9 million tons) more than is 2018, Kazakhstan;s First Vice Minister of Agriculture AidarBek Saparov said, Trend reports with reference to the ministry.
Saparov said that overall increase of production is observed on majority of the main crops.
He noted that the diversification of sowing land will continue in Kazakhstan putting an accent on export-oriented crops.
“This year agricultural goods will be sown on 22.5 million ha of land which is 240,000 ha more than in 2019. The sowing area of oil seeds, fodder corps, vegetables, gourds and potatoes will be increased,” the vice-minister said.
He also added that due to the decrease of the buckwheat sowing area by 24,400 ha in 2019 the ministry considers necessary to expand the area for buckwheat sowing as it is a product of social importance.
Saparov said that the number of high performance sowing complexes almost doubled in 2019 (143 vehicles) compared to 2018 (72 vehicles). The complexes allow to simultaneously implement a number of actions: cultivation, sowing, fertilizing, harrowing, leveling the surface and rolling soil.
“Operations of over 4,000 sowing complexes allows to ensure the sowing of 70 percent of grain wedges in Kazakhstan this year. At the same time, a great number of agricultural machinery is to be written off in the country, which hinders the rate of renewal of the machine and tractor fleet,” Saparov said.
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