Production of livestock products grows in Kazakhstan
First Deputy Minister of Agriculture Kairat Aituganov told about the first results of the AIC Development State Program today at the press conference at Ukimet Uyi on the results of implementing the Presidential Address Third Modernization of Kazakhstan: Global Competitiveness.
The volume of gross agricultural output in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period of the past increased 2.9% against the plan of 2.5% and amounted to 353.7 billion tenge. At the same time, production of livestock products increased 3%, volume � by about 340 billion tenge. Investments in agriculture increased 22%.
Production of food products for this period increased 3.4%. The livestock sector sees an increase in the number of livestock by an average of 3.1%, meat production – by 3.8%, milk – by 3.6%.
182 agricultural cooperatives were established in the first quarter. In general, during the year the number of agricultural cooperatives is planned to be increased to 467 covering 130,000 personal subsidiary plots.
A Technology Transfer Center has been created within the framework of implementing the AIC State Program, which already has a database of 500 advanced technologies. In addition, an export center has been set upon the basis of JSC NC Food Corporation to promote domestic agricultural products to foreign markets.
According to the First Deputy Minister, this year the criteria for subsidizing agricultural producers have been changed with an emphasis on increasing yields, increasing the weight gain and loading of processing enterprises. This has led to a drastic increase in the number of those who want to receive subsidies, mainly among small and medium-sized farm households.
The matters of crediting field works and providing fuel and lubricants for the sowing campaign are being addressed in order to timely conduct the spring field works. In 2017, a budget loan of 60 billion tenge was allocated to finance spring field works and harvesting, of which over 33 billion are already spent. At the same time, the interest rate on the loan is no more than 6% per annum, � K. Aituganov noted.
Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan