Kazakhstan to develop new concept for agricultural development
At a Government’s session held today, Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin said that Kazakhstan has a real potential to become one of the world’s food hubs.
“According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Kazakhstan, along with the U.S., Australia, Brazil, and Argentina, is considered a country with the greatest potential in the agricultural sector,” said the prime minister.
Askar Mamin emphasized that the timeliness and quality of spring fieldwork is a key element in the process of ensuring food security in the country.
“The state takes all necessary measures to provide financial and logistical support to farmers. By order of the President, the amount of funds allocated for the sowing campaign doubled this year. This will allow carrying out full-scale agricultural work and increasing the gross output to 3.1 trillion tenge (over US$7.4 billion),” he added.
The PM paid special attention to the quality of crops. A high yield should be ensured by attracting new agricultural technologies, using elite seeds and mineral fertilizers and using modern plant protection products. The state fully supports farmers. In particular, up to 50 percent of the cost of the purchase of fertilizers and pesticides is subsidized from the budget.
“I instruct Ministry of National Economy together with National Bank and Ministry of Agriculture to work out the issue of expanding the targeted use of funds as part of the “Economy of Simple Things” program, including financing activities for chemical processing and harvesting,” said Askar Mamin.
He said that special emphasis is placed on expanding irrigated areas using modern irrigation technologies as well as increasing the number of crops.
“I instruct the Ministry of Agriculture together with mayoral offices to develop and implement a new concept for comprehensive agricultural development program taking into account the specifics of the agricultural sector in each region,” concluded the prime minister.