Tuesday, 30 March 2021 13:22

Kazakhstan planning to raise products quality

Kazakhstan, the largest grain producer in Central Asia, will reduce the acreage of grain and legumes in 2021, Agriculture Minister Saparkhan Omarov said at the government meeting.

“Agricultural crops are planned to be placed on an area of 22.8 million hectares in 2021, which is 186.600 hectares or 0.8% more than in 2020, including cereals and legumes on 15.8 million hectares (less by 75.200 hectares)", the minister said.

According to him, the projected area of oilseeds will increase in 2021 to 3 million hectares, fodder crops - to 3.4 million hectares, vegetable and melon crops - to 16,000 hectares.

Kazakhstan, which collected 18.5 million tons of grain in 2020, has been reducing the sown area of grain for several years in a row and is trying to increase the quality of grain. The minister did not announce the forecast of the grain harvest in 2021.

The main export markets of Kazakhstan are the countries of Central Asia, Afghanistan and Iran.

The grain harvest in Kazakhstan totaled 17.4 million tons in 2019.

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