The Roadmap for improving the capital’s food belt was developed in accordance with the instructions of the Head of State given in April 2017. This was reported by First Deputy Minister of Agriculture Kairat Aituganov during the Government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the city's own production covers the demands of the population of Astana for flour, noodle products, bread and cereals. In order to provide the residents of the capital with domestic foodstuffs, tasks were given to create the necessary production in the food belt zone, ensuring stable supplies of products from other regions of the country and developing the capital’s trade infrastructure.

An analysis was carried out of the production potential of all districts of Akmola region and four nearby districts of Karaganda region with a division into three zones. The first zone is in a radius of 100 km, the second - 200 and the third - 300 km.

For the Akimats of the two regions, the Roadmap has defined the necessary structure of cultivated areas for 2017, taking into account diversification. There is a potential for areas within a radius of 300 km to increase the production of mutton to 60% of the demand. And sausage, processed milk, butter, cheese and cottage cheese up to 50% of the demand. Regarding meat processing, there are 24 enterprises with a total capacity of 28 thousand tonnes and a load of 72%. At the 20 milk producing enterprises, the load is now 55% with a processing capacity of 90 thousand tonnes of milk per year. Specific indicators were also set here for increasing production volumes.

As the First Deputy Minister noted, in order to stimulate the delivery of raw products to processing enterprises, work continues to unite small and medium-sized farms in agricultural cooperatives.

In order to stimulate food supplies to Astana, including missing foods from other regions of Kazakhstan, a status “Member of Astana city's Food Belt” will be established at the legislative level, which will provide certain benefits to agricultural producers.

To implement the third task of expanding the trade infrastructure in Astana, 50 modular shopping pavilions will be put into operation by the end of the year. For this purpose the capital’s Akimat has allocated land and attracted investments amounting to 90 million tenge within the program "Street Trade Development".

"All in all, the implementation of the Roadmap will provide the population of Astana with the necessary amount of food in an equal “price-quality” ratio,” – K. Aituganov concluded.

For reference:

According to the Statistics Committee of the Ministry of National Economy, as of June 1, there are 1002.8 thousand people living on the territory of Astana. About 617.2 thousand tonnes of basic food products are required to meet the needs of this population in accordance with minimum food requirements.

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Published: 10 October 2017

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