Number of export-oriented agricultural productions is growing in Kazakhstan
The number of export-oriented agricultural productions is growing in Kazakhstan. 95% of all soybean and maize crops are grown in Almaty region. Half of the industrial crops are exported to Asia and Europe. Intensive gardening is being actively developed now. There are almost 5,000 hectares of innovative technology gardens.
KOYUMCHAN OMAROV, DEPUTY HEAD OF DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, ALMATY REGION:
- Our region has the opportunity to sell fruits and vegetables abroad. Apples, cherries, pears were planted on an area of 1,000 hectares in the Panfilov district last year. In the coming years, this company will supply its products not only to our markets but also abroad.
Unique raw materials are grown in Kerbulak district of Almaty region. It will be exported abroad. The fibers of industrial hemp are used in the automotive industry in Europe and the U.S. Textiles, heavy-duty ropes, as well as composite materials are made from this plant.
MAKSIM SKRYNNIK, COMPANY’S GENERAL DIRECTOR:
- We are export-oriented production, we should offer goods that will be in demand in foreign markets, that is, we must show what Kazakhstan is growing and it should be produced somewhere in Europe, or in North America.
Chips made from potato grown in the region will win foreign markets. This type of potato is grown on the area of 100 hectares.
RAKHIMZHAN SURABALDINOV, FARMER:
- There is high demand. We have certain agreements and need to increase production.
Beef cattle breeding are gaining momentum. Six large fattening complexes for 5,000 heads opened in the region over the past couple of years. World's leading concerns are building two small and large cattle meat processing plants. South Kazakhstan region is also planning to increase production. Development Bank of Kazakhstan has allocated 3 billion tenge for the expansion of vegetable oil exports from Shymkent. Promotion of non-commodity exports is one of the bank’s key activities.
ADIL ISMAGAMBETOV, MANAGING DIRECTOR, DEVELOPMENT BANK OF KAZAKHSTAN:
- Kazakhstan’s largest oilseed processing plant ‘Shymkentmai’ received a loan worth 3 billion tenge for two years as part of Nurly Zhol program.
As the company's CFO Natalia Kharipova explained, the received funds will be used to strengthen positions in the Chinese market.
NATALIA KHARIPOVA, FINANCIAL DIRECTOR OF OIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY:
- Our goal is to increase the volume of supplies to China by reducing the volume of exports. In the first half of 2016, we secured revenues at 11.3% from the company's total revenues. This year this figure has grown to 15.6%. We are planning to increase it by another 2% next year.