Exports increased as a result of digitalization at the Zharkent Starch Plant
Introduction of digital technologies and automation of production processes are the main principles of the Zharkent starch-treacle plant in the Almaty region. Innovative approaches outlined in the state of the nation address allowed increasing the competitiveness of the products. These are 10 types of feed additives, starch and molasses. In addition, deep processing of raw materials ensures non-waste production.
ALIYA MUKANOVA, HEAD OF LABORATORY:
- We produce 90 tonnes of molasses per day, as well as 90 tonnes of starch. Since August 2017, we have launched the production of new products - glucose-fructose syrup and citric acid.
High-tech equipment allows getting a product with an exact carbohydrate composition - this affects the quality and cost. Close cooperation with the leading scientific centers of Europe, Turkey and Russia ensured the competitiveness of the goods. Now they are exported to Russia and the countries of Central Asia.
ADLEN AMANZHANOV, PLANT’S MANAGING DIRECTOR:
- 60 percent of the total volume is processed for export to the countries of Central Asia: Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan, we also work with Russia. In the future we are planning to expand production; we want to start exporting to China.
The plant can process 350,000 tonnes of maize per year, half of the capacity is provided by local farmers. Farms do not need to look for markets. A single corn production cluster and a service-procurement center have been created.
ADILZHAN KOZHAMBERDIEV, DIRECTOR, SERVICE AND PROCUREMENT CENTER:
- We work with a starch plant. It provides us with financial support. We, in turn, combined 130 small farms that supply raw materials to the plant. We sow ourselves, and receive money in the fall after harvest.
The plant subsidizes farmers for the costs of seeds, herbicides, mineral fertilizers, diesel fuel. Mutually beneficial cooperation will allow expanding the area of crops and increasing the assortment of export products.