Kazakh producers build export capacities
Kazakhstan enters new markets. Many foreign countries today show interest in domestic food and agricultural products. For instance, sturgeon farm from Mangystau region will deliver its fish to Georgia. The first batch is already being prepared for shipment. The company’s management plans to enter the markets of China, Azerbaijan and Russia. Currently, negotiations are underway with representatives of these countries. At the moment, the goods are sold in the region, and supplied to Almaty and Astana. Production of caviar is planned at the enterprise. Currently, the farm is cultivating sturgeon.
Tursyngul ZHAKYPOVA, HEAD OF STURGEON FARM:
I consider it is a great achievement that the share of Caspian fish in the markets has increased. We are planning exports of caviar in future. The sturgeon farm was launched in 2014 within the ‘Business Road Map 2020’. The investments totaled 650 million tenge. Annual production capacity is 60 tons of fish. In December, last year the first products were supplied to markets.
Meanwhile, since January, foreign trade turnover of the West Kazakhstan region in agriculture totaled over 15 billion tenge. Over the past 5 years, farmers have exported more than 7,500 tons of meat. Russia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Spain are purchasing frozen and chilled beef and lamb, as well as cattle from Kazakhstan. Newly opened meat-processing complex in Akzhaiyk district is also increasing production capacities. The plant processes up to 5,000 tons of meat per year. Moscow purchasing companies, supplying products to major retailers and restaurants, are already interested in the local lamb.
VLADIMIR KOROHOV, TRADE REPRESENTATIVE, RUSSIA:
Currently, we are producing pilot batches, making samples, and sending to Moscow. The products are all frozen; in the future they will be cooled. We comply with all the standards. Now we have to introduce meat boning.
Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs provides support to domestic producers to enter new markets. Experts recommend business owners to monitor the quality of their products and make their packaging to comply international standards. Kazakh entrepreneurs can receive additional support at the website of the association and on Facebook, under a separate section ‘Export to China’. Currently, Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs is working towards simplifying the logistics. A special working group, headed by the First Deputy Prime Minister, has already been established.
NURZHAN ALTAYEV, DEPUTY CHAIRMAN, NATIONAL CHAMBER OF ENTREPRENEURS:
Within the framework of this working group, we will consider further steps to simplify the logistics, to eliminate any barriers, especially those related to customs, in order to deliver these products without hindrance.