A number of measures are planned to be implemented for Kazakhstan’s agro-industrial complex to become a new driver of economic growth. This was informed by the First Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kairat Aituganov during a Government press conference.

K. Aituganov reported that 6 tasks were set before the Ministry of Agriculture, which will allow the agricultural sector to become a new driver of Kazakhstan’s economy.

Firstly, it is necessary to reconsider the principles of allocating subsidies and gradually move to insurance. New rules are currently in development and will be implemented in the near future, which will result in the elimination of 11 types of ineffective subsidies. As a result, for the same amount of funds, support measures for producers will increase 7.5 times.

Secondly, within five years it is necessary to create all conditions for merging 500 thousand personal allotments and small farms into cooperatives. At the moment, 154 cooperatives have already been created, based on them are organized more than 100 milk collection centers and 7 thousand private feedlots. This year will see the number of created cooperatives doubled.

Thirdly, it is necessary to increase the quality of agricultural products processing, create an effective system of storage, transportation, and marketing. The work creating necessary infrastructure is already underway.

Fourthly, it is necessary to increase the level of productivity and reduce production costs. In this regard, the Ministry plans to concentrate on modernization and technology transfer. Last year, the special center for agricultural technology transfer was created, which brought in appropriate specialists.

Fifth, it is necessary to increase the efficiency of land use, within five years the area of irrigated land must be increased by 40%, bringing it to 2 million hectares. The Ministry of Agriculture has started implementing measures to attract turnover of more than 600 thousand agricultural plots, which will increase the area of irrigated land.  In the end, this will increase the level of agricultural production.

Sixth, it is necessary to increase the number of investments in agro-scientific studies, which will be needed in production. In this regard, the funding of research will be tied to requests by agro-formations.

Work has also begun on the creation of two international-level agricultural centers based on the National Agricultural University in Almaty and the Kazakh Agro Technical University in Astana.

In addition, it was instructed to increase the export of food products by 40% by 2021 through diversification of agricultural production. Target indicators were defined in this direction, 2017 is expected to see the increase of exports by 10%.

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Published: 09 February 2017

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