NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – Kazakhstan’s Agriculture Minister Saparkhan Omarov assessed the export potential of his country, noting that Kazakhstan can export up to 8 million tonnes of grain and flour.

“For the 2020-2021 marketing year, the export potential of Kazakhstan is about 7.5-8 million tonnes, including flour,” the minister told a government meeting on August 25.

According to the head of the Ministry of Agriculture, the export strategy for 2020 is aimed at maintaining dominant positions in traditional markets: in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Iran.

“The primary task is to collect the grown crop without losses, while it is necessary to take into account that, according to the forecast of Kazhydromet, heavy precipitation is expected in September in the north-eastern part of the republic,” Omarov said.

Earlier, First Deputy Minister of Agriculture Aydarkhan Saparov said that the country expects to export 8-9 million tonnes of grain and flour in the current marketing year. In general, Kazakhstan exports 7-8 million tonnes of grain per year.

Prime Minister Askar Mamin said that the projected gross grain harvest this year is planned at 18 million tonnes.

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