The export of Kazakhstani goods to Iran has exceeded imports by 12 times. Kazakhstan delivers various types of products to the Islamic Republic, including food. For example, farmers in the southern Kazakhstan are planning to export 20,000 tons of meat to Iran every year. Kazygurt district’s producers made the first transaction as part of bilateral agreement. Iran is also ready to import meat semi-finished products, which certainly will impact livestock development in South Kazakhstan region. Over the past two years, the number of livestock has increased in the region: sheep - to 4 million, cattle - to 865,000. Farmers in South Kazakhstan region are also improving livestock by bringing Aberdeen-Angus breed cows. It is famous for its marble meat. Farmer Maksat Nazarbayev says his new cows have already become local. They are not fastidious and quickly gain weight.

MAKSAT NAZARBAYEV, FARMER:

We will produce beef of course. However, good bulls will be sold in order to breed other farms and improve Kazakhstani livestock.

Scottish cattle are here not only for breeding. In the future, the breed will improve the export potential. Beef products should be competitive in world markets; it was outlined in the current President’s address. The deputies of the Senate arrived in the region to explain all the subtleties.

ASKAR BEISENBAYEV, MEMBER OF SENATE, UPPER HOUSE OF KAZAKH PARLIAMENT:

The Kazakh government takes measures such as subsidies and provision of state support in order to develop the agrarian sector and expand its export capacity.

The region has always been interested in expanding its export potential. The local agriculture department says the region has all the prerequisites and natural resources for that. Local farmers are planning to increase exports twofold this year.

ABDUBAI MUSTAFAYEV, CHIEF SPECIALIST, DEPARTMENT OF EXPORT PROMOTION AND AGRICULTURAL MANAGEMENT:

6,700 heads of small cattle and 400 heads of cattle, with 200 horses in that amount, were exported in 11 months last year, that is, beef and horsemeat.

At present, we are negotiating with Iraq, Saudi Arabia and China regarding the meat exports. It opens new opportunities for us.

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