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Ministry of Agriculture identifies four focus areas of the AIC to increase labor productivity

by February 13, 2018 Market

During the Government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture Umirzak Shukeyev told about concrete plans for execution of the instructions of the Head of State given at the extended Government meeting of 09.02.2018.

Umirzak Shukeyev noted that in order to increase labor productivity, the Ministry of Agriculture has identified four key focus areas of the agro-industrial complex: the introduction of modern precision technologies, the accelerated re-equipment of agricultural machinery, the development of livestock breeding, and the intensive creation of irrigated land.

“We plan to develop an economic model for introducing high-precision technologies for different types of farms, as well as introduce an entirely new system of subsidizing them as part of the introduction of precision farming elements, which include electronic field maps, accurate weather data, sensors, space-monitoring and other solutions. It is proposed to include all Akims in selecting pilot farms and to train farmers together with the university, research institutes and world companies that are engaged in digitalization of agriculture, development of technologies , � Minister Umirzak Shukeyev said.

According to the Minister of Agriculture, in order to improve technological capabilities, this year it is planned to allocate 5.5 billion tenge for subsidizing the interest rate on leasing and increase the volume of investment subsidy by 20 billion tenge by eliminating inefficient subsidies.

Thus, gradually increasing these support measures, by 2022 we expect to reach a volume of private investments in technology of up to 240 billion tenge. Within three years, this will allow us to achieve an approximately 6% annual technological renewal rate, now it is 2%, � Umirzak Shukeyev said.

In order to increase the export of meat, the approach to the development of cooperatives will be revised. The state will encourage development of small and medium-sized farms in cooperation with large feedlot sites, which will ensure sales, distribution of technologies, knowledge and access to financing.

The Minister also noted that in order to restore the infrastructure of irrigated lands, measures will be taken to ensure the restoration of water supply in the area of 65 000 hectares already this year. And the issues of processing agricultural products will be solved by uniting agricultural producers and processing enterprises based on the above-mentioned model of meat cooperatives.

In addition, it is planned to reform the agricultural science and generally steer it to the introduction of existing new technologies, and not the invention of varieties and breeds of animals.

There are 3 universities and 23 research institutes in the ministry’s system. It was decided to reduce them to 12 due to consolidation. Agricultural universities will become research institutions with research institutes and experimental farms, � Umirzak Shukeyev said.

In conclusion, the Minister noted that improved efficiency of state control and supervision is planned to be achieved through the creation of an effective system of veterinary control and supervision and ensuring epizootic welfare on the territory of the Republic.

“It is planned to establish veterinary control posts between established safety zones and in the border area, to simplify the procedure for inspecting the activities of local executive bodies, develop coordinated approaches with veterinary services of the Russian Federation, the Kyrgyz Republic to combat transboundary animal diseases, ensure constant quality control of vaccines in international reference laboratories of the OIE, as well as to implement the strategy for executing measures against nodular dermatitis and foot and mouth disease, � Umirzak Shukeyev summed up.

At the same time, the Ministry is working out the issue of returning control and supervision functions in the field of veterinary medicine from Akimats to the Committee for Veterinary Control and Supervision with the creation of a single vertical line of subordination of the veterinary service. This proposal has already been supported by all Akimats of the regions.

Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan