Government reviews progress of preparing for spring field works
According to preliminary data of the regions, in 2017 agricultural crops will be planted on the area of 21.8 million hectares, which is 125 thousand hectares more than in 2016. This was reported by First Deputy Minister of Agriculture Kairat Aituganov at the regular Government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev.
The areas of spring sowing will be about 18.5 million hectares. Grains will occupy 15.1 million hectares, including wheat � 12.1 million hectares, with a reduction to the previous year’s level by 339,000 hectares.
Also expected are reductions of areas of water-intensive crops: rice � by 1.9 thousand hectares and cotton – by 4.6 thousand hectares, with the expansion of areas of priority crops.
At the same time, as K. Aituganov noted, the areas of grain-bearing crops (barley, oats, maize for grain, peas, and chickpeas) will increase by 208 thousand hectares, cereals – by 10 thousand hectares. The areas of oilseeds will be raised to 2.1 million hectares, which is 58 thousand hectares more than in the previous year, fodder crops – up to 4.1 million hectares (more by 407 thousand hectares), sugar beets – up to 19.6 thousand (more by 6.7 thousand hectares).
According to the data of the regional departments of agriculture, for the harvest of 2017 more than 2.4 million tons of seeds of crops (1.8% more than needed) were planted, including 2.0 million tons of grain crops (more by 2.3%). 776 thousand tonnes of seeds were tested in the Republic, 99% of which proved conditional. Work continues to bring seeds to sowing condition.
In order to provide agricultural producers with high-quality seeds, the State Program has improved the mechanism for supporting seed production. Thus, starting this year, subsidies for original and elite seeds will be resumed, and first reproduction seeds will be subsidized only by priority crops and without minimum norms. In addition, subsidizing elite seedlings of fruit and berry crops and grapes and first generation hybrids will continue, First Deputy Minister noted.
“According to the hydrometeorological service, taking into account the actual autumn moisture reserves in the upper layer of the soil and winter precipitations, the availability of moisture in the soil throughout the country is expected to be optimal and satisfactory by the beginning of spring field work. This creates the prerequisites for obtaining a good harvest this year, � K. Aituganov reported.
Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan