Government considers progress of preparations for spring field work

At the government session chaired by Prime Minister Askar Mamin, the preparation for spring field work was reviewed.

Minister of Agriculture Saparkhan Omarov reported on the readiness of agrarians for the sowing campaign, Minister of Energy Nurlan Nogayev spoke about the supply of fuels and lubricants, Akims of Turkistan region Umirzak Shukeyev, Kostanay region — Arkhimed Mukhambetov, North Kazakhstan region — Kumar Aksakalov, Akmola region — Ermek Marzhikpaev.

This year, it is planned to sow 22.8 million hectares of land, which is 186.6 thousand hectares more than in 2020. Cereals and leguminous crops will be placed on an area of ​​15.8 million hectares (including wheat — 12.1 million hectares), oilseeds — 3 million hectares, cotton — 116.5 thousand hectares, sugar beets — 21.8 thousand hectares, vegetables and melons and potatoes — 489 thousand hectares, forage crops — 3.4 million hectares.

The required volume of diesel fuel was determined for carrying out spring field work — 380 thousand tons. The average price for agricultural producers will be about 165 tenge / liter.

The republic has 141.7 thousand tractors, 73.2 thousand seeders, 221.2 thousand tillage implements, 4.3 thousand seeding complexes. As of March 29, 2021, the readiness of agricultural machinery for spring field work is 97%. To support the subjects of the agro-industrial complex, Agrarian Credit Corporation JSC allocated a budget loan from the republican budget in the amount of 70 billion tenge. The interest rate for end borrowers will not exceed 5% per annum. The allocated funds will allow financing 2,400 agribusiness entities covering 3 million hectares of sown areas. Along with budget lending, this year the amount of allocated funds has been increased from 24.5 billion to 45.3 billion tenge for the forward purchase of agricultural products.

“High-quality and timely implementation of spring field work is one of the important components of ensuring the food security of the country. Last year, despite the pandemic, the sowing campaign was at a very high level. Agricultural technologies were strictly followed, fertilizers and plant protection products were introduced in a timely manner. This allowed a good harvest. This year the Government has also made all necessary decisions on financial and material-technical provision of spring sowing,” Mamin said.

The prime minister instructed the Ministry of Ecology, together with the Ministry of Agriculture and akimats, to take measures to ensure the stable supply of irrigation water to agricultural producers in the southern regions of the republic, including in the long term.

Akims of the regions were instructed to complete the work on approving the lists and norms of subsidies for agricultural producers within a week, the Ministry of Energy — to ensure the supply of the required amount of diesel fuel for sowing operations in accordance with the approved schedule and prices.

“The Ministry of Agriculture, together with the regional akimats, within the framework of the ongoing diversification of sown areas, should pay special attention to increasing the volume of production of socially significant food products,” Mamin said.

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