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Kazakhstan sets sight on increasing its wheat exports to China

14 October 20192 min reading

Kazakhstan could potentially more than triple wheat exports to China, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said during the sixth meeting of the Kazakhstan-China Business Council in Beijing. Kazakhstan, Central Asia’s largest grain producer, and Russia, one of its main competitors in wheat exports via the Black Sea, have long sought to sharply increase wheat and other agricultural exports to China. Kazakhstan is one of the top 10 wheat-exporting countries and 2018 wheat exports to China reached 550,000 tonnes. “We can increase these volumes 3.5 times to two million tonnes. We are ready to export dairy products, poultry, beef, lamb, pork, flour, cereals, legumes, and oilseeds to the Chinese market. We plan to increase the production and export of organic food to China,” the President said at the council meeting took place on 11th September. Kazakhstan traditionally exports most of its grains to neighbouring Central Asian countries, Afghanistan, the Caucasus and further west through the Black Sea ports. Russia, the world’s largest wheat exporter, expects China to open its market for imports of wheat produced across all regions of Russia within a year. Kazakhstan had a record high wheat harvest in 2018 and exported 4.9 million tonnes of wheat. The country plans to export 2.2 million tonnes of wheat this year.

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