Kazakhstan exported 4.1 million tons of grain in September to December
Jan. 24. Trend
Kazakhstan exported 4.1 million tons of new harvest grain in September to December 2011, Novosti-Kazakhstan reported referring to Kazakh Ministry of Agriculture.
“As much as 4.1 million tons of grain (including flour in grain equivalent) was exported in September to December, 2011,” the ministry said.
Kazakhstan collected 30 million tons in bunker weight and 26 million tons of grain in net weight in 2011. This is a record grain harvest within years of independence. Eight million tons of the grain harvest will be used for domestic consumption. Export potential is estimated at 15 million tons.
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Kazakh Grain Exports Hindered by Rail-Car Gap, Ministry Says
Jan 24. Bloomberg
By Svetlana Antoncheva
Kazakhstan faces a shortage of the rail cars it needs to deliver grain exports and has to borrow vehicles from abroad, according to the country’s Agriculture Ministry.
While 10,500 rail cars are needed for grain exports, Kazakhstan has 5,200, of which only 4,500 are in “working condition,” according to a statement from the ministry distributed to reporters today in the capital, Astana.
“Because of this situation, 2,880 rail cars have been borrowed abroad for grain shipments,” according to the statement.