BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 11
By Nargiz Sadikhova - Trend:
Oilseeds sowing area will be increased by 200,000 ha in Kazakhstan’s Kostanay region this year to reach 700,000 ha, Trend reports with reference to Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Agriculture.
Kazakhstan’s First Vice Minister of Agriculture Aidarbek Saparov has visited farms of Kostanay region where he got acquainted with the sowing process.
This year, the region’s farmers are preparing to implement sowing on 4.7 million ha. The majority of this area (81 percent or 3.8 million ha) will be sown with grain and leguminous crops.
Within the framework of sowing area diversification, the area for fodder crops will be reduced to 176,000 hectares (previously 237,000). The regional akimat (administrative center) said that farmers are fully supplied with seeds for sowing, some 528,000 tons of seeds are to be used.
During his visit, Saparov, met with region’s farmers to discuss a number of topics pn state support, procurement and use of modern agricultural equipment, as well as high-quality seed stock.
"Farmers asked questions about seeds, fertilizer application rates, prices and subsidies. We will discuss a number of issues at the ministry with appropriate departments. We will work to solve the issues that farmers touched upon," Saparov said.
As reported earlier this month, sowing area of highly profitable crops such as oilseeds, vegetables and fodder crops has been increased by 238,000 ha this year in Kazakhstan.
The overall sowing area of agriculture crops was increased to be 22.5 million ha in Kazakhstan in 2020.
The regional budgets allocated 11.3 billion tenge ($26.9 million) to subsidize seed production development this year, whereas 2.5 billion tenge ($5.9 million) were allocated from the republican budget to purchase nearly 29,400 tons of seeds and 838,700 elite seedlings.
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