Kazakhstan expects lower grain harvest this year.

By bne IntelliNews July 9, 2010
Kazakhstan expects lower grain harvest this year, deputy agriculture minister Arman Yevniyev has said. The country expects grain crop to be within a range of 14.5 - 15.5mn tonnes which means a declined from 20.8mn tonnes harvested last year. At the same time, it is projected that grain exports will be at least at 6.5mn tonnes, down from 8.3mn tonnes exported in 2009/2010 marketing year. The reason for the drop is that the area sown to grains was slightly smaller as regions of northern and western Kazakhstan had suffered from drought before the rains arrived. At the same time, the minister informed that no more that 10% of the crop was in poor condition, the rest was in good or satisfactory condition. He also stated that Kazakhstan was beefing up its export infrastructure in the Caspian Sea region in order to ship a higher proportion of grain by sea to the Caucasus region and on Europe. Significantly, it was registered in the activity of Aktau seaport (see the story above).

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