According to the director of animal production and processing department of the Ministry of Agriculture Erkebulan Akhmetov, in accordance with the instructions of the Head of State the ministry has developed a separate plan of action to employ the rural population.
"We plan to use funding sources of the ERM- 2020. Overall, the proposed measures of the MA include the establishment of milk collection points, feedlots, which will be united in agricultural cooperatives,” Akhmetov said during a briefing devoted to the implementation of measures to employ the rural population at the Ministry of Agriculture.
According to him, private farms in Kazakhstan produce more than 70-80% of milk and meat, while the workload of processing enterprises is only 60%. This is due to the lack of infrastructure for harvesting and transporting agricultural products of private farms. The established agricultural cooperatives can further engage also in other areas, such as harvesting of wool and skins, fruits, bee-keeping, poultry farming family and commodity fish farming.
The implementation of the proposed measures will create more than 67 thousand new permanent jobs.
"The republic has more than 1.5 million self-employed, and in the framework of the proposed measures it is planned to involve more than 190 thousand farms due to microcredit. They will get funds financed to create milk collection points and feedlots, and thus through the cooperatives will be interrelated with processing enterprises,” he said.