14 Dec 2010 13:04

Kazakhstan ramps grain exports up 35.4% in 2010

ASTANA. Dec 14 (Interfax) - Kazakhstan has exported over 8 million tonne of grain and flour and increased grain exports by 34.5% this year compared with last, Agriculture Minister Akylbek Kurishbayev said.

"Since early 2010, over 8.2 million tonnes of grain including flour in grain equivalent have been shipped, which is a 34.5% above the year before," he told a cabinet meeting on Tuesday in Astana.

He said that in terms of flour exports that account for 38% in total exports of grain, Kazakhstan maintains its leading position in the world."

This year's grain output reached 13.9 million tonnes at an average yield of 9 centners per hectare, Kurishbayev said.

The gross grain harvest in Kazakhstan last year totaled 22.7 million tonnes in bunker weight, and 20 million tonnes after processing.