Kazakhstan Set To Double Grain Production And Exports

In the near future Kazakhstan will be able to double grain production and export volumes via the introduction of new modern technical equipment in the agricultural industry, declared Akulbek Kurishbaev, the Minister of Agriculture, during the first international agrarian investment forum "Agroinvest.KZ-2008."

According to the Minister, the average annual grain production in Kazakhstan currently totals around 15.5 mln tonnes, and grain exports total 6 mln tonnes.

Currently the country ranks around 7th-8th in the leading world grain exporters. In 2007 Kazakhstan was the world's largest flour exporting nation, he said.

Kazakhstan can increase it's grain production volumes and reach these targets - without even increasing area - by embracing modern agricultural methods, said the Minister.