Kazakhstan to harvest 17 mln tons of grain in 2014

By: Aynur Jafarova

Kazakhstan is expected to harvest about 17 million tons of grains in 2014.

The news was announced by Chairman of the Committee of State Inspections in the Agricultural Sector of Kazakh Agriculture Ministry Saktash Khasenov on July 29.

” Based on early estimations of the total harvests of sown areas, the gross yield will amount to around 17 million tons in bunker weight in the whole country,” he told journalists at a press conference in Astana.

The committee chairman went on to note that today over 70 percent of crops are at the flowering stage.

“We think this year, the yield would be above average in the main grain regions,” Khasenov added.

Kazakhstan is among the world’s major grain exporters. In 2011, the country had a record harvest of nearly 27 million tons of grain in net weight. Kazakhstan exported 8.7 million tons of grain in 2013-2014 marketing year.

In 2012, Kazakh farmers harvested only 14.8 tons of grain due to a summer drought which occurred in the main grain regions. In 2013 grain harvest hit 18.9 million tons including 14.5 million tons of wheat.

Kazakhstan’s total revenue from the wheat export has grown in the past four years by almost 2.5 times. The total revenue from wheat export was $1.2 billion in 2013 while in 2009 this figure was about $600 million.