Kazakhstan increases grain production and exports over past five years
Kazakhstan, Astana, Nov. 23 /Trend D. Mukhtarov /
Over the past five years, Kazakhstan has increased its grain production by an average of 30 per cent, Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister Krymbek Kusherbayev announced this on Friday during the sixth Kazakh grain forum KAZGRAIN-2012.
"The average annual grain production amounted to more than 19 million tons over the past five years, an increase of 30 per cent, so the volume of grain exports including flour, increased by 60 per cent to 7.8 million tons," Kusherbayev said.
According to him, Kazakhstan is among the top 10 suppliers of wheat to the world market and can take a leading position in the export of flour in the world.
"Our grain is purchased by more than 70 countries. Thanks to imports of Kazakh grain and flour the problem of food security is solved in a number of Central Asian and Caucasus countries, "the deputy prime minister said.
Kusherbayev said today is the time when cheap food supplies have gone for good. The issue of food security is critical for billions of people.
According to him, foreign experts already warn that mankind may enter a new economic reality where consumer prices will be dictated by rising food prices and the struggle for resources and migration waves related to food shortages will threaten global stability.