Kazakhstan to increase area of irrigated land to 2 million hectares by 2022
The development of sustainable and highly productive agriculture as part of the implementation of the action plan for the period from 2013 to 2020 was discussed at the meeting of the Council on Transition to Green Economy under the President of Kazakhstan.
Kazakh farmers introducing modern irrigation systems will be reimbursed half the costs of infrastructure supply and purchase of irrigation systems. They will also be subsidized by a 10 percent interest rate on loans and leasing.
Through such support measures, the Kazakh government intends to increase the area of irrigated land to two million hectares by 2022. The work to reduce the area of water-intensive crops such as rice and cotton will continue.
Greenhouse owners will also get support. They will be reimbursed a third of the costs of building and expanding the greenhouse complexes. A special investment passport was developed in order to stimulate the introduction of advanced technologies by farmers. It provides for the acquisition of appropriate equipment systems and integrated solutions.
Pastures too were not left behind. Subsidies of up to 80 percent of the construction costs of wells network and watering points were introduced in order to stimulate them. By doing this, the Kazakh government wants to support rangelands and create there an irrigation infrastructure.
More than 25,000 domestic agricultural producers had the opportunity to see the effectiveness of modern green technologies by the example of the advanced farms. On the basis of advanced agricultural enterprises, the National Agrarian Science and Educational Centre held nearly 1,400 seminars in all areas of the development of the agro-industrial complex.
The meeting participants also discussed the issues of improving the waste management system, the development of renewable energy sources, as well as the reduction of air pollution, including through gas supply to settlements and development of clean transport.