Kazakhstan eyes increasing cropping area in 2022

Kazakhstan 19 January 2022 09:57 (UTC +04:00)
Kazakhstan eyes increasing cropping area in 2022

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Jan. 19


The area for placing agricultural crops in Kazakhstan is planned to be increased this year, the Minister of Agriculture Yerbol Karashukeyev said at the governmental meeting, Trend reports via Kazinform.

“In order to ensure the physical availability of food products on the domestic market, it’s necessary, first of all, to carry out timely and high-quality spring fieldwork.

According to the regional authorities, in 2022 it’s planned to plant crops on an area of ​​22.9 million hectares, which is 13,500 hectares more than in 2021,” Karashukeyev noted.

Last year's drought, as well as a sharp increase in prices for spare parts, fuels and lubricants, mineral fertilizers, and pesticides, create serious difficulties for the timely preparation and quality of the upcoming spring sowing, the minister added.

Earlier, he informed about measures taken by the Ministry of Agriculture to fulfill the instructions of the president.

“In order to ensure physical accessibility of the socially significant foodstuffs and stabilize their prices, the ministry is taking measures of non-tariff regulation of the export of goods,” Karashukeyev further said.

So, according to him, currently, there are restrictions for the volume of the export of sunflower seeds and sunflower oil for a period until July 1, 2022; a ban on the export of potatoes and carrots for a period of three months; a ban on the export of live cattle and small ruminants for a period of six months. Besides, a ban on the export of grain forage is introduced.