Government session: Kazakh Agriculture Ministry briefs on livestock development

With livestock being the mainstay of the Kazakh agriculture, gross livestock production has represented a 10.5% growth over the previous year, from 962.2 billion tenge to 1063.5 billion tenge during the first half-year of 2019, the Kazakh agriculture minister said.
Nur-Sultan30 July , 11:57

“Beef production approximates 477 thousand tonnes, mutton production averages 150 thousand tonnes and pork meat – 86 thousand tonnes,” states Saparkhan Omarov, the Kazakh Agriculture Minister.

In 2018, exports of beef meat estimated at 19.9 thousand tonnes, of mutton – 3 thousand tonnes, and of pork– 400 tonnes. For over 5 years, poultry production has seen growth of 40% and is 192 thousand tonnes. Milk production totals 5.7 million tonnes.

Cattle have increased to 7.2 million heads, sheep – to 18.7 million heads, horses – 2.6 million heads, birds – 44.3 million heads, Minister Saparkhan Omarov outlines.

In the wake of the government program for the agro-industrial complex development, some sectoral programmes aimed at developing livestock are in place carried out by the Agriculture Ministry. The long-standing program to develop meat and dairy cattle raising provides for 80 thousand family farms expected to work with feed yards and meat plants.

The long-term dairy farming program centers on substituting sports of dairy products. It is planned to increase dairy output by 1 million tonnes through increasing the number of family and industrial milking facilities.

“It is planned to raise poultry production by 3 times through creating new production capacities,” the minister stresses.

In 2019, 683 family farms have received loans for purchasing 66.7 thousand herds and imported 42 thousand cattle herds of breeding stock as well as 536 farms have received the funds for purchasing 210 thousand ewes.

7 industrial complexes and 22 family farms were upgraded and brought into operation in 2018.

Provided the tasks of the Plan of the Nation 100 concrete steps, there is the ongoing work to attract strategic investors and transnational companies to the processing sector. Such projects as Golden Camel Group LLP (China) in the Turkestan region for camel and horse milk treatment as well as Laktalis LLP (France) in the Pavlodar region have been launched.

The regions carry out projects to set up modern high-tech ventures to slaughter and primary process livestock, adopt high-level meat processing techniques.

This year has seen a start a project for constructing a meat processing complex Empire Food LLP (Iran) in the Almaty region with a capacity of slaughter of 100 heads of cattle and 1500 heads of small cattle per shift.

In the present year it is planned to put into use the Ereimendau Akbas LLP in Nur-Sultan to start the construction of a meat processing complex with a capacity of 5 thousand tonnes of meat per year.

Work is ongoing to attract transnational companies such as Grand Farm (China), Baumann (Germany), Inalca/Cremonini (Italy) in the field of meat processing.

The American transnational companies intend to erect a modern meat processing complex to produce beef at their own expenses. A group of American scholars have by far reviewed the current situation of the sector and provided an analytical report for the American companies.

On top of that, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank prepares a joint program for developing the meat sector. While a relevant road map is under development.  

“Upon instruction of First Kazakh President – Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev, the government program for developing the agro-industrial complex until 2021 was adopted aimed at the qualitive development of the agricultural sector, increasing its share in the economy,” said Askar Mamin, the Kazakh PM.

The Kazakh PM called for active work with potential investors and comfortable conditions for them.

“Our common goal is to reach an annual increase of not less than 30% in investment in agriculture. By 2020 – up to 211 billion tenge, by 2021 – 274 billion tenge,” he told.

Author: Adlet Seilkhanov