Kazakhstan. Despite an overall decrease in cereal plantings, part of the country’s regions did expand them


 As reported before, the 2017 spring field work results were considered at the Government of Kazakhstan. Kazakh planted acreage has totaled 22.5 Ml ha, or 650 Th ha more than a year ago. Within the framework of crop production diversification, plantings of high-demand crops were increased by 1.348 Ml ha that is up 340 Th ha from that envisaged under the state agriculture development program, said the first vice ag minister of Kazakhstan.

This season’s planting ended with a slight delay due to less favorable weather, but no less successfully than last year. Cereals were sown on larger areas than projected. The same concerns plantings of oilseeds, rice and sugar beet, reports UkrAgroConsult.

According to the latest current information of the Ag Ministry, spring cereals (except for corn) were planted on 14.388 Ml ha that is 100.4% above their projected area.

Farmers sowed smaller areas to cereals this year than in 2016 (14.681 Ml ha, or down 293 Th ha). The reasons included diversification of plantings. With regard to individual regions, the decrease in plantings had been envisaged far not everywhere. Half the regions had planned to sow more cereals. In particular, cereal plantings were expanded in Akmola, Aktobe, East Kazakhstan, Karaganda and Pavlodar regions.

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