Kazakhstan Increased Export of Wheat to Iran and Georgia
Kazakhstan increases its export potential. People from 120 countries are acquainted with the republic’s domestic goods.
Agricultural products are greatly valued abroad. 12 million tons of grains were shipped overseas last year. One of the main buyers of wheat is Iran.
Iran needs about 12 million of grain for its local market. Kazakhstan will be able to provide from 500,000 to 1 million tons of agricultural products to the Islamic Republic in the future.
According to Iranian Economist, Mohammad Vantapur, Kazakhstan helps to make up the shortage of grain production. Fodder corn is another important product that Iran imports from Kazakhstan. The demand for it is higher than the supply.
In addition, Kazakhstan’s soybean and other Kazakhstan-made products are beginning to become popular among Iranians, so it is planned to increase the supply of these products. Iran is able to provide for itself but the climate does not allow to do this.
The collaboration between Iran and Kazakhstan in the agricultural industry is one of the most successful partnerships for the countries.
Recently, the two countries signed several agreements for the import of Kazakh meat and wheat to Iran. In return, foreign colleagues are ready to share their experience of using modern technologies to increase yields.
“We are widely using nano-additives. The plant’s resistance to weather conditions has improved. The yield is increased by two times, less water is used for irrigation, there are protection and resistance to pests and diseases and the amount of agricultural waste is reduced. We can become good partners for Kazakhstan and help them to use the nano-technologies in agricultural industry,” said Advisor of Iranian Ministry of Agriculture, Mohammad Hossein Ansarifard.
Grains from Kazakhstan are also popular in Georgia. Over the past three to four years, the supplies have increased by 20 percent. Georgian experts noted on the high quality of the grains.
All of the supplies of grains from Kazakhstan are transported by railway through Russia and Azerbaijan. The grains from Russia are cheaper. However, Georgia is interested in the high quality of Kazakh wheat.
“The grains from Kazakhstan haven’t been in because the subsidies have ended about five to six years ago. It was not competitive for Georgia. Almost 100 percent of the market was occupied by Russian wheat. It is clear that this is not relevant for Georgia because each country needs to diversify. We need to have two or three suppliers. Of course, Kazakhstan is number one for Georgia given that our mills are adapted to this kind of wheat,” said Company Director in Georgia, Katie Kublashvili.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the average grain yield in Kazakhstan amounted to over 20 tons last year. In 2019, farmers plan to have more grain harvest.
There are more than 2,000 enterprises in the country that have the right to export agricultural products.