Kazakhstan could export grain to Persian Gulf countries

Sep 27. KYIV Post

Kazakhstan could export grain to Persian Gulf countriesKazakhstan considers building grain terminals in the United Arab Emirates and Jordan to export its grain to the Persian Gulf countries, Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Masimov said at Monday’s Cabinet meeting.

“We are going to finish the construction of the railway [to Iran’s Persian Gulf coast]. After that our grain will become a competitive commodity in this region. The Arabic countries are interested in our grain, so we should consider building grain terminals in the United Arab Emirates and Jordan,” Masimov said.

“Our strategy is to enter new markets. The grain prices are always fluctuating and we need to enter the new markets for long. We have to work out logistical issues to be able to export our grain in 2012,” he said.

The international railway New Ozen-Gyzylgai-Bereket-Etrek-Gurgen (Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran), which will later be joined to the European and Asian railways through Russia, will be the shortest and most convenient route to the Persian Gulf. The construction is to be completed by the end of 2011. Initially, the railway is expected to transport 3-5 million tons of cargoes a year, which will grow to 10-12 million tons in the future. The total length of the railway, which will run from the Kazakh steppes through the Karakum deserts to the Gulistan province in northern Iran, will be 900 kilometers.



Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan to forecast grain production at the level of 13.5 mln tonnes

Sep 27. AgriMarket

The Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan forecasts grain production in the current year at the level of 13.5 mln tonnes.

The previously forecasted production volumes varied within the range of 13.5-14.5 mln tonnes, but the droughts in the period of grain ripening influenced the ending stage of wheat growing, according to the announcement of the Ministry.

At the same time, the forecasts of grain exports from Kazakhstan stayed at the previous level – 7-8 mln tonnes.

Previously, Nursultan Nazarbayev, the President of Kazakhstan, declared that grain production in the country totaled nearly 16 mln tonnes, or 14 mln tonnes in clean weight.

Last year, grain production in Kazakhstan totaled 22.7 mln tonnes in bunker weight, or 20 mln tonnes in clean weight.