Kazakhstan exported 6.3mn tonnes of grain between Jul 1 2012 and May 20 2013, compared to 9.5mn tonnes in the same period of the previous year, the agriculture ministry informed.
The drop can be explained with 2012 drought which was the reason why Kazakhstan harvested only 12.9mn tonnes of grain in clean weight last year, down from a record of 27mn tonnes in 2011.
The ministry also confirmed grain exports forecast at 7-8mn tonnes for this marketing year.
In 2012, Kazakhstan exported a record of 12.1mn tonnes of grain. This year, around 70% of the total grain exported will go to the traditional markets in Central Asia, Iran, Afghanistan and Azerbaijan. China is also becoming a new market for Kazakh grain as it received 200,000 tonnes in 2012.
Kazakhstan is among the top 10 grain exporters in the world.
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