Kazakhstan does not plan to impose the grain export ban

May 05. AgriMarket

Kazakhstan does not plan to impose the grain export banKazakhstan does not plan to impose the ban for exports of any variety of food products, reported Asylzhan Mamytbekov, Minister of Agriculture of Kazakhstan.

According to him, the Government should look for ways to make export trading opened even in very difficult years. The last year example showed that it is possible and it is on the forces of Kazakhstan. In the terms of open borders, the country keeps the domestic prices, while at the same time not closing exports.

According to A.Mamytbekov, the export trading allows to the country to attract new investment and develop long-term contracts.

Also, according to updated forecasts of the Ministry of Agriculture, in 2010-2011 marketing year Kazakhstan will export 5.5 mln tonnes of wheat.

Previously, the Ministry of Agriculture forecasted wheat exports at the level of 7 mln tonnes.

As a reminder, in 2010 Kazakhstan produced 12.2 mln tonnes of grains and leguminous plants (against 21 mln tonnes last year). Kazakhstan produces about 35% of all spring wheat in the CIS, 15% of spring barley and less than 5% of rye and oats volumes.

Due to the difficult weather conditions in 2010, the harvest of grains in Russia and Ukraine significantly declined. Thus, Russia and Ukraine limited the export trading of grains.

According to the final data of the Federal State Statistics Service, the general grain production in Russia in 2010 totaled 60.9 mln tonnes against the record of 97.1 mln tonnes in 2009. In 2010 Ukraine produced 39.3 mln tonnes of grains and leguminous plants (in clean weight), which is down 14.6% compared to the previous year (46 mln tonnes).