Government reviews the implementation of the AIC Development State Program
At the Government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev, First Deputy Minister of Agriculture reported on the progress of the sowing campaign and the diversification of sown areas under the Agro-Industrial Complex Development State Program.
To date, the spring field work is completed by 85%. Despite the belated spring, the pace is already at the level of last year, and in some regions is higher than in 2016, � K. Aituganov said, reporting at the meeting.
According to him, this year the areas dedicated for popular crops increased by 932 thousand hectares.
To increase the grain quality, the Ministry of Agriculture has restored subsidizing of original and elite seeds, as well as first reproduction seeds and first generation hybrids without applying minimum standards. At the same time, this year the subsidization of seed production is 3.2 times more than in 2016.
In addition, the Ministry of Agriculture is considering the possibility of introducing a legislative standard that obliges commodity producers to use quality seeds. This will enable taking administrative action against farmers who fail to meet the requirements.
Reporting on the establishment of agricultural cooperatives, K. Aituganov said that by the end of the year about 467 agricultural cooperatives will be created, against the planned 326. The work on involving small and household farms in commodity production made it possible to achieve growth of beef production by 4.1%, poultry – by 9.2% and milk – by 3.3% in January-April of this year.
Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan