Kazakhstan to improve policies to support non-primary exports

Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev instructed his cabinet to improve export policies and develop mechanisms to support non-primary exports, according to the prime minister’s press service.

First Vice Minister of Agriculture Kairat Aituganov reported on various measures to “improve the export policy in the agricultural sector,” it added.

He noted exports of agricultural products and processed products from January-August totalled $1.3 billion. Compared with the same period last year, exports of agricultural products increased by 10.6 percent, from $1.2 billion-$1.3 billion.

“The work to harmonise veterinary and phytosanitary requirements with China, Middle Eastern countries and European countries is being carried out as part of the roadmap. In nine months of this year, the export of agricultural products to China increased 20 percent.” he said.

“In general, we should note the growth in exports of agricultural products to Saudi Arabia – 50 times compared with the same period last year.
Special focus should be put on the growth in export of agricultural products to European countries. In particular legume dried vegetables to European countries has increased,” he added.

The export of agricultural products to Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern countries has also increased, including a significant hike to Vietnam.

“The increase in exports to Turkey increased by half compared with the same period last year,” noted the press office.

“In total, by the end of 2017 the export corporation plans to sell 120,000 tonnes of grain crops, 2,000 tonnes of sunflower oil and up to 2,000 tonnes of meat for a total of $31 million,” it added.

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