Kazakhstan Sees Lower Grains Sowing Area In 2017

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ASTANA, March 28 (Reuters) – Kazakhstan plans to reduce its grains sowing area, excluding pulses, by 2.4 percent to 14.9 million hectares in 2017, Deputy Agriculture Minister Kairat Aituganov told a government meeting on Tuesday.
The area under wheat will be cut to 12.099 million hectares in 2017 from 12.437 million hectares in 2016, while those under barley, oat and maize (corn) will increase by 6 to 15 percent in
Central Asia’s biggest grain-producing country.

Below is a table with forecasts and 2016 data given by the ministry on Tuesday (in million hectares):

2017 2016 pct change
Total sowing area 21.785 21.474 1.5
Spring sowing 18.475 18.731 -1.4
Grains and pulses 15.062 15.404 -2.2
Wheat 12.099 12.437 -2.7
Barley 2.065 1.902 8.6
Oat 0.243 0.211 15.2
Maize 0.143 0.135 5.8
Rice 0.093 0.095 -2.1
Pulses 0.202 0.172 17.1
Oilseeds 2.096 2.036 2.9
Sunseeds 0.838 0.835 0.3
Soybean 0.110 0.107 2.8
Safflower 0.250 0.226 10.6
Rapeseed 0.217 0.162 34.1
Linseed 0.650 0.648 0.2
Cotton 0.105 0.110 -4.2
Sugar beet 0.020 0.013 55.6
Potato 0.187 0.187 0.0
Vegetables 0.145 0.146 -1.0
Melons 0.093 0.094 -0.7
Fodder crops 4.078 3.485 17.0

(Reporting by Raushan Nurshayeva; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov;
editing by Louise Heavens)

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