Delegation from Kazakhstan to visit North Dakota

January 15 2010

A delegation of livestock producers and government officials from Kazakhstan will visit North Dakota January 15- 22 to source cattle and livestock equipment as part of the country’s on-going efforts to develop its agriculture industry.

The 22-member delegation includes livestock producers and officials from Kazakhstan’s government-owned lending and agriculture development agencies. The delegation will tour feedlots throughout North Dakota and will meet with North Dakota livestock producers, equipment company representatives and animal scientists from North Dakota State University. The group will arrive Friday and spend a week traveling throughout the state.

The visitors include Duysenbek Nurlanov, the largest rancher in Kazakhstan with 10,000 cattle, and Berik Beisengaliyev, deputy chairman of National Holding Kazagro, a state-run organization that develops Kazakhstan’s agriculture strategy. Kazagro also provides financing and allocates government funding for livestock and farm development projects.

The Kazakhstan government has allocated $80 million for 2010 funding to improve and expand the nation’s livestock industry. Government funds are available to buy livestock, livestock genetics and equipment needed to raise livestock, said Beibit Yerubayev, the North Dakota Trade Office’s representative in Astana, Kazakhstan.

“There are significant opportunities for North Dakota livestock producers and for the companies that support livestock production,” Yerubayev said. “They are very interested in North Dakota’s expertise in cattle production because they deal with similar challenges including harsh weather conditions.”