Vice-Minister of Agriculture K. Aituganov informed the Prime Minister Karim Massimov on the course of the harvesting campaign in regions.
As of August 9, in the southern and western regions of Kazakhstan (in the West Kazakhstan, South Kazakhstan region, Aktobe, Almaty, Zhambyl and Kyzylorda) 1 539.3 thousand tons of grain was harvested from the area of 703.2 thousand hectare. The average grain yield was 21.9 centners per hectare, which is 4.7 t/ha more than it was last year.
K. Aituganov noted that at the beginning of August 1835 applications from 2567 agribusiness entities with planting area of 5.1 million hectares were funded in the amount of 58.9 billion tenge. Equipment and grain-points are ready for mass harvesting of grain and reception.
"It is necessary for everyone to keep the issue of harvesting under control. When it is necessary please hold meetings, working groups and report that we could harvest and bring it to the consumer, " the Prime Minister said.
According to the regional agriculture departments, in 2016 the sown area of crops amounted to 21.7 million ha, including grain - 15.2 million hectares, wheat - 12.2 million hectares. Oilseeds are placed on the area of 1.9 million hectares, fodder - 4 million hectares, cotton - 109.3 thousand hectares, sugar beet - 12.1 thousand hectares, potatoes, vegetables and melons - 183.7 and 230 thous. ha, respectively.
In comparison with 2015 the area for wheat has increased by 441.4 thousand hectares, legumes - 26.3 thousand hectares, cotton - 10.1 thousand hectares, sugar beet - 2.7 hectares.