Kazakhstan is allocating more funds for agricultural research and equipment

Kazakhstan is allocating more funds for agricultural research and equipment to boost the agricultural industry’s performance. At a specialized forum in Astana, Kazakh officials announced that the Kazakh Government is planning to subsidize 80 per cent of costs that businesses spend on agricultural science. The new amendments are discussed in Mazhilis, the lower house of the Kazakh Parliament. According to the developers, the adoption of the amendments will enhance cooperation between businesses and science. The topics for the agricultural researches will depend primarily on the needs of the businesses.

ULAN TAZHIBAYEV, CHAIRMAN, AGRARIAN SCIENCE AND EDUCATIONAL CENTER:

 - Last year, the Government allocated 4.2 billion Tenge for research and scientific programs, while this year, they provided an additional 3.3 billion Tenge. 4.1 billion Tenge was allocated for the purchase of scientific equipment and their maintenance. In addition, the basic funding has almost doubled. These 3.3 billion Tenge were allocated due to the increase of the Government’s requests for scientific research.

Regional research centres provide training for farmers on how to increase the yield with the help of new technologies. Also, over 60 model farms will be established in Kazakhstan to transfer successful experience and knowledge to other farms.

BEKET ABISHEV, CHAIRMAN, ASSOCIATION OF FRUITS AND BERRIES PRODUCERS OF ALMATY REGION:

 - A special horticultural research and production centre will be established in Kazakhstan which will bring together businesses of Kazakhstan, as well as transnational companies, which will arrive in Kazakhstan to start producing high-quality goods together with the local scientists and businesses. The primary goal is to cover the demand of the domestic market. In the future, we will export our products to Russia.

In the State-of-the-Nation Address, President Nazarbayev instructed to increase productivity and exports of agricultural products by 2.5 times by 2022. In the upcoming three years, the Government will annually allocate 100 billion Tenge to attract modern agricultural technologies.