Kazakhstan is afraid of competition from Russian and Ukrainian grain markets

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13:21 26.07.2011
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In the current marketing year (July 2011 - June 2012) Kazakhstan will be difficult to compete on the grain market with Russia and Ukraine, said Anna Buts, Director of the department of development of agriculture and phytosanitary security of the Ministry of Agriculture.

Taking into account the conditions of agricultural crops sowings in Russia and Ukraine, in the current year they expect for high grain production volumes. So, the potential of Kazakh grain export can be large, but the opportunities to export grains may decline, due to inability to enter the ports of the Black Sea and Azov Sea because of price non-competition, first of all. The forecast for crops exports will depend on the general production volumes. In 2010-2011 marketing year Kazakhstan exported nearly 6 mln tonnes of grains, in the current year the index will not be less, A.Buts said.

A.Buts noted that to date it is difficult discussing the clear forecasts of grain production, but the index will not be below the average volumes during the recent 10 years - about 16-17 mln tonnes in bunker weight.

According to the director of the department, to date in Kazakhstan grain sowings face good condition throughout 98% of the areas, oilseed sowings - 96%.

In 2010, grain production volumes in Kazakhstan totaled 12.2 mln tonnes in clean weight.

Originally published by APK-Inform Information Agency