Kazakhstan stepping up rice production and exports


According to the Statistics Committee of Kazakhstan, 185.7 KMT of rice was produced in the country in 2017, or 3.3% more than in the previous year, reports UkrAgroConsult.

Kazakh rice growing is concentrated mostly in Kyzylorda region. Rice plantings in the region totaled more than 90 Th ha in 2017 that is up 10 Th ha from 2016. The rice crop in the region amounted to 174.9 KMT (+3.1%).

Rice production and processing are an agriculture development priority for the region. The promising destinations for rice supplies include Iran, which imports up to 3 MMT of rice a year, but no Kazakh rice has been shipped there over the recent years. The main end markets for Kazakh rice are Tajikistan, Ukraine, Mongolia, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan.

Noteworthy is that, due to growth of rice production in the country, this crop’s exports have already increased noticeably this season. Kazakhstan exported 25 KMT of rice for the first four months in MY 2017/18 (September-December), or 63% more than a year ago.



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