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Government approves draft updated Roadmap for formation of Astana food belt

by November 6, 2018 Sports

Roadmap on the formation of the food belt of Astana for 2017�2018 was approved in October 2017. The food belt included 17 districts of the Akmola region and 4 districts of the Karaganda region. The First Vice Minister of Agriculture Arman Yevniev reported that during the past period the basic activities of the map were implemented.

In the Akmola region in 2017, 36 milk receiving stations, 56 family feeding grounds and one slaughter point were created. For 9 months of 2018, 19.4 thousand tons of meat and sausage products were produced by 1.5 thousand tons. The volume of production of processed milk was 41.6 thousand tons, butter 601 tons, cheese and cottage cheese 651 tons .

Last year, 38 family feedlots, one slaughter station and 11 slaughter sites were established in the Karaganda region. During the first 9 months of 2018, 8 milk reception points were created. From the beginning of the year, raw materials were actually processed to 32.6 thousand tons. 10.7 thousand tons of meat and sausage products were produced 3.5 thousand tons. The production volume of processed milk was 9.5 thousand tons, butter 368 tons , cheese and cottage cheese 1243 tons.

In 2017, in the framework of the program of concessional financing, JSC NC Astana SPK issued loans to the shopping center Kenmart and the shopping center Astykzhan in Astana for $300 million to replenish working capital in exchange for price fixing. These organizations set fixed prices for 49 product items. Installed 157 modular shopping facilities for the sale of food and vegetables and fruits. For 9 months of 2018, enterprises of the city in kind produced 138,806 tons of products. Since June 2018, 17 fairs have been held, 7,286 tons of goods worth over 2 billion tenge have been sold. Under the program 1000 places – street trade, entrepreneurs were allocated 463 land plots for the sale of food products.

As Yevniev reported, 92 projects were identified within the framework of the food belt projects around Astana within a radius of 50 km (16 milk, 56 meat, and 20 other projects). The implementation of these projects was made possible through the application of the project approach. Thus, the Project Office established on the basis of the Ministry of Agriculture conducts weekly monitoring of each of these projects, using the Scrum-format method.

The project approach allowed:

1) to provide weekly monitoring of the implementation of each project;

2) to define a clear personification of the responsibility of public servants;

3) to monitor several thousand projects at least once a week, as well as create a decision-making system that will allow to quickly solve problematic issues.

Yevniev noted that within the framework of the execution of the Head of State’s order to develop concrete measures for the stable supply of domestic products to the capital, the Ministry of Agriculture carried out work on updating the Roadmap.

Objectives of the updated Roadmap for the formation of the food belt of Astana for 2018�2021:

The first is the development of production in the zone of the food belt.

planned in 2018�2019 construction of a meat processing complex with a capacity of 5 thousand tons / year for the production of the missing volume of meat products in Astana (in the Akmola region);

in 2020�2021 16 dairy farms will be built to load dairy-processing enterprises (5 in Akmola region and 11 in Karaganda region);

in 2019�2020 work will be carried out to restore irrigated land to grow the missing volumes of vegetables.

The second is the creation of conditions for ensuring stable supplies of food products from other regions of the republic, the production of which is impractical in the zone of the food belt. To this end, a mechanism will be introduced for granting the status of Participant of the Food Belt of the Capital, which will provide the agribusiness entities with priority access to sales markets in the city, including communal markets, etc.

The third is the development of trade and logistics infrastructure. To this end, a wholesale distribution center will be created in Astana to provide opportunities for domestic agricultural producers to enter the wholesale buyers market.

The fourth is the implementation of additional measures to protect the market from inappropriate products. This is an increase in the interaction of state bodies to protect the market from inappropriate products by increasing the volume of research, monitoring the safety of imported and manufactured products with media coverage of violations of the requirements of Kazakhstan’s legislation.

Heads of neighboring regions also reported on the work being done to provide the capital with food products: Akim of the Akmola region M. Murzalin and deputy akim of the Karaganda region S. Shaidarov. Akim of the capital B. Sultanov, in turn, reported on measures to meet the needs of the population of Astana with the main types of food products.

Following the consideration of the issue, the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev noted that given the annual growth of the capital’s population, the issue of meeting the food needs of its residents and guests is highly relevant. As regards the implementation of the updated Roadmap, the Prime Minister outlined a number of key tasks and gave specific instructions.

First. In the draft Roadmap, much attention is paid to the physical availability of food products. However we must not forget at what price this product reaches the final consumer. The Ministry of National Economy in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture, akimats of Akmola, Karaganda regions and the capital are entrusted to keep under special control the issue of prices for food products supplied by foodstuff participants.

Second. In the Roadmap, there are more than 20 measures to provide the capital with the main types of food products, but there are no indicators by which one could assess its performance. In this regard, it is necessary to define target indicators and conclude memorandums personally with each ministry and akimat.

Third. It was entrusted to step up work on the construction of the wholesale distribution center in Astana.

Source: The Prime Minister of Kazakhstan