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Government assesses the preparedness for upcoming spring field works

by March 20, 2018 Market

During today’s Government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev, First Deputy Minister of Agriculture Arman Yevniyev reported on the progress of preparations for the spring field works of 2018.

Arman Yevniyev reports that according to preliminary data, in 2018 crop acreage will exceed 21.8 million hectares.

Grain crops are planned to be planted in an area of 14.7 million hectares, including wheat – 11.4 million hectares. Grain fodder crops will occupy more than 2.5 million hectares with an increase of 49 thousand hectares. Oilseeds will occupy 2.6 million hectares. Potato crops are 15% more than last year, � A. Yevniyev informed.

The Deputy Minister also noted that 2.6 million tonnes of seeds were planted for this year’s harvest.

According to regional Akimats, as of March 1, the availability of tractors for this year’s spring field work is 87%, seeding complexes � 100%, seeders – 87%, and tillage tools – 88%.

Deputy Minister of Energy M. Mirzagaliyev reported on the prices for diesel fuel for the spring period. According to him, the Ministry of Energy jointly with the Ministry of Agriculture developed the Schedule for assigning regions to refineries to supply diesel fuel for field works of 2018.

As of March 16 of this year, the level of implementation of the March plan is 49% (56 thousand tonnes). It is noted that shipment of diesel fuel from refineries to agricultural producers is carried out on a priority basis. At the same time, daily monitoring of shipments is carried out on a daily basis.

The recommended price of diesel fuel for carrying out spring field works in March 2018 is 156 thousand tenge per tonne.

At the same time, we note that the average wholesale price on the domestic market is 170 000 tg/t. Thus, the recommended price of diesel fuel for carrying out spring field work in 2018 is 14 000 tenge below the market average, � M. Mirzagaliyev summed up.

The discussion also saw participation of Chairman of the Board of NMH KazAgro JSC N. Malelov, Akims of the regions: South Kazakhstan � Zh. Tuimebayev, Almaty – A. Batalov, Kostanay � A. Mukhambetov, North Kazakhstan � K. Aksakalov, Akmola � M. Murzalin.

In summation, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev noted that, in general, the preparedness for the sowing campaign is satisfactory. On the part of the Government, all necessary decisions have been taken to provide financial and logistical support for the spring sowing campaign.

The Ministry of Agriculture and regional Akims are instructed to take all necessary measures in a timely manner to carry out spring field work without a hitch.

Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan