Kazakhstan is fully provided with grain until new harvest — Alikhan Smailov

On Tuesday, June 7, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Alikhan Smailov chaired a regular government session in Ukimet Uyi. The session participants considered the issues of sowing progress. Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan Yerbol Karashukeyev, akims of the North Kazakhstan region Kumar Aksakalov, Akmola region — Yermek Marzhikpaev presented reports on the matter.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, as of today, the sowing of grain crops has been completed in all regions, except for Aktobe (97.7%) and West Kazakhstan (86.2%), where sowing work has been delayed due to heavy rainfall. They are expected to be completed by the end of this week.

Thus, spring crops were sown on an area of ​​19.8 million hectares or 100.2% of the planned plan, potatoes — on 189.6 thousand hectares, vegetables and gourds — on 269.2 thousand hectares, perennial grasses — on 429.6 thousand ha. Sowing of oilseeds on an area of ​​3.1 million hectares, sugar beet — 12.3 thousand hectares, cotton — 121.1 thousand hectares has been completed. The total sown area of ​​the country amounted to 23.1 million hectares, which is 105 thousand hectares more than in 2021.

At the same time, in accordance with the ongoing diversification of sown areas and the work to move away from monocultures, the area of ​​grain crops has been reduced by 285.5 thousand hectares. There is an increase in priority crops, such as oilseeds by 24.9 thousand hectares, potatoes by 2.4 thousand hectares, vegetables by 1.7 thousand hectares and fodder crops by 448.1 thousand hectares.

After listening to the speakers, Alikhan Smailov noted that the Government had taken all the necessary decisions on the financial and logistical support of the agricultural sector.

In particular, in order to support the total amount of budget lending, the total amount of budget lending was increased to 140 billion tenge, funding for the forward purchase of agricultural products was doubled to 80 billion tenge. In general, an additional 298 billion tenge was allocated to finance the agro-industrial complex when the budget was clarified.

In addition, the required amount of diesel fuel was supplied at a price lower than the market price by 10-15%, prices for mineral fertilizers of domestic producers were reduced.

Thus, measures of state support for the agro-industrial complex have been strengthened this year, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan noted.

According to the Head of Government, despite the dry last year, the industry managed to fully meet domestic needs with grain.

“We have fulfilled our export obligations and formed the corresponding reserves. Until the harvest, we are fully provided with grain,” the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan assured.

At the same time, according to the UN March Bulletin, this year. wheat harvest in Kazakhstan exceeds the annual average. With an average grain harvest of 18-19 million tons, domestic demand is about 8 million tons. Even in case of bad weather conditions and forecasts, Kazakhstan will ensure its food security.

In general, Smailov noted the positive dynamics of sowing work and set a number of tasks for the relevant government agencies:

  • take measures to support applied scientific research, the development of agro-science, including the development of drought-resistant high-yielding varieties suitable for the country's climatic conditions;
  • take special control over the observance of agricultural technologies that will ensure good yields;
  • ensure in advance the conclusion of contracts for the supply of crop products;
  • conduct a detailed discussion with the business community of the planned changes to improve state support measures for agribusiness entities;
  • ensure the fulfillment of the obligations of agricultural producers for the timely delivery of wheat volumes to the Food Corporation under the concluded forward contracts.

“The formed reserve will subsequently be used to meet the country's own needs,” summed up Smailov.

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