Kazakh News Agency, Nur-Sudan, January 6, 2020, in the context of the new crown pneumonia pandemic, Kazakhstan’s agriculture will continue to achieve rapid development, and the food industry and animal husbandry will maintain growth momentum.
From January to November 2020, Kazakhstan achieved a total agricultural output value of 6 trillion tenge, a year-on-year increase of 5.3%. Due to the bumper harvest of crops, agricultural production in 15 regions of Kazakhstan has achieved growth, with the highest growth rates in Kostanay, Akmola and Pavlodar. A total of 21 million tons of grain were harvested throughout the year, and the quality of grain was significantly higher than the previous year. Kazakhstan is still a major food country in the world, and its grain output can not only fully meet domestic demand, but also export.
According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan, in 2020, 1-3 grade wheat accounted for 80%of the total wheat output, and in 2019 this proportion was only 53%. From January to November, Kazakhstan harvested 4 million tons of potatoes, 4.3 million tons of vegetables, 2.5 million tons of melon crops, 297,200 tons of cotton and 2.5 million tons of oilseeds. The animal husbandry industry achieved an output value of 2.3 trillion tenge, of which meat output increased by 3.7%and dairy products increased by 3.2%. The food industry achieved an output value of 1.7 trillion tenge, an increase of 3.6%. Among them, rice output increased by 23.5%, butter products increased by 21.5%, sausage products increased by 11.8%, macaroni increased by 8.1%, flour increased by 2.8%, and cheese products increased by 3.3%. Investment in the agricultural sector reached 45.02 billion tenge, an increase of 4.7%. Among them, investment in the food industry increased by 18.6%.
The Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan stated that at present, the self-sufficiency rate of Kazakhstan’s main foods is above 80%, and the self-sufficiency rate of some foods can reach 100%. In 2020, the self-sufficiency rate of sunflower oil will increase by 19.5%, macaroni by 8.2%, flour by 4.9%, beef by 0.9%, and rice by 0.3%. The government has increased its support for the agro-industrial complex, implemented the President’s instructions on import substitution and food security, and promoted the growth of Kazakhstan’s food production.