The harvest of all types of vegetables increased in the 2022 season in Kazakhstan. In particular, potato production increased by 11.9%. According to the Minister of Agriculture of the country, Kazakhstan can provide potatoes not only for the domestic market but also for the neighboring countries, EastFruit experts report with reference to Kazinform.
“Potato production has increased from 4.2 million tons to 4.7 million tons this year. An increase in the volume of the crop is observed for all types of vegetables. The quality is very good,” said Minister of Agriculture Yerbol Karashukeev, answering a question from journalists about whether Kazakhstan has enough vegetables for the winter.
According to the head of the country’s agrarian department, domestic agricultural producers are now putting potatoes in vegetable storage.
“We will provide Kazakhstan and our neighbors with potatoes. Uzbekistan and Russia import our potatoes. We control that our vegetables are enough for the domestic market. Now we have no doubts – there will be enough vegetables. The year was good. We will provide potatoes for everyone,” the minister assured.
At the beginning of September 2022, EastFruit wrote about the increase in the area planted with potatoes in the Republic of Kazakhstan. According to the Bureau of National Statistics, the area of potato plantations was almost 200,000 ha in 2022, which is 2% more than last year. The new harvest was expected to exceed the volumes of the previous year, and the surplus was planned to be exported.
At the end of October 2022, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan agreed to expand trade cooperation, and several decisions were made on the export of Kazakh goods to Uzbekistan. Specifically, the parties agreed on the export of Kazakh potatoes through specialized companies from the Uzbek side. According to the Minister of Trade and Integration of Kazakhstan Serik Zhumangarin, Kazakhstan is ready to export up to 500,000 tons of potatoes on good terms.
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