Geography of agricultural exports from Kazakhstan has halved in 10 years

Published Apr 30, 2024

Tridge summary

The article highlights a significant decline in Kazakhstan's agricultural exports both in volume and diversity of destination countries from 2012 to 2022, with important markets like Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, and Georgia no longer receiving wheat, and significant reductions in grain supplies to Iran and Turkmenistan. The country has also seen a decrease in livestock product exports and the closure of numerous agricultural enterprises due to underfunding and loss of competitiveness. In response, the Ministry of Agriculture has unveiled a national project for 2024-2028, aiming to double agricultural exports to 10 billion within five years by increasing state support and launching new enterprises in poultry meat, milk, horticulture, and fish production, alongside creating additional storage infrastructure and launching 175 agricultural processing projects by 2028.
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Original content

Exports of agricultural products from Kazakhstan from 2012 to 2022 decreased both in quantitative terms and in terms of the geography of supply. In recent years, the markets of Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan and Georgia for wheat have been lost, and grain supplies to Iran and Turkmenistan have significantly decreased. Export of livestock products also has no significant development. This is stated in the national project for the development of agro-industrial complex “Strong AIC” for 2024-2028, which was presented for discussion by the Ministry of Agriculture. “Over the past 10 years in foreign trade, the geography and volume of exports of agricultural crops have been noticeably reduced. For comparison, the export of grain and oilseeds in 2012 was carried out to 63 countries, at the same time in 2022 this indicator has decreased to 31 countries, as a consequence, the exported volumes have also decreased”, – notes the Ministry of Agriculture. As a result of chronic underfunding of the ...
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