If you read the inscription “buffalo” on the elephant’s cage – do not believe your eyes!

To ban the export of livestock is the very right decision of the Ministry of Agriculture.  This is the point of view expressed by the chairman of the National Agrarian Scientific and Educational Center and an agricultural worker with experience Toleutai Rahimbekov, reports KazakhZerno.kz correspondent.

 As Toleutay Sataevich said, he talked with deputies of the Senate and the Mazhilis of Kazakhstan, with colleagues at the National Council of Public Confidence, experts from the monitoring group at the Anti-Corruption Agency.  Everywhere there is an opinion against livestock exports.  Colleagues cite non-market obstacles to business.

 “I have my own opinion.  Moreover, I will say that I am with both hands for such a decision of the Ministry of Agriculture.  I will explain why”, T. Rahimbekov noted.

 I won’t believe that in one year the number of cattle in Kazakhstan has increased so much that now it can already be exported, said Toleutay Sataevich.  When three-five-seven years ago, the initiators of the livestock program asked tens of billions of tenge from the budget for loans and subsidies for livestock imports, they justified this by the fact that it was not enough in Kazakhstan.

 For each unit of livestock that was imported into the country, 225 thousand tenge of subsidies were paid from the budget.  Because the imported heifer cost 650-670 thousand.  Last year, 250-300 thousand cattle were exported to Uzbekistan!  It turns out that the Kazakh budget subsidized Uzbek livestock breeders?

“Initially banned the export of breeding stock only. Steers were allowed. I was immediately against this half-measures. Because about corruption at customs know everything. Same with the vets at the border. To take a heifer for a bull when you export nothing. Or rather, is. So I spoke words of Kozma Prutkov: “If the elephant’s cage will read the inscription: “Buffalo” — do not trust the eyes!”, said T. Rahimbekov.

Next: words of people who say that the ban on exports will suffer are the villagers – only smile. It is sufficient to submit a simple farmer, who with a stick in hand, driving a couple of their steers to the border with Uzbekistan. T. Rakhimbekov said that if anyone suffered from the export ban, it is the dealers.

Is the fifth evidence – the historical example. In the nineties in the Zhezkazgan region was a pilot project – a fast, galloping privatization of state farms. I must say that they mainly were sheep. The method was chosen: a solid farmersare. Did the following: gave all the sheep a few hundred people — workers of farms, with 200 to 300 sheep in one hand. But did not realize that not everyone is able to become a farmer. For that, the person needs to be at least an entrepreneurial spirit. The villagers did not know what to do with these sheep. No work, no wages have not. And they have not invented anything better than to change sheep for flour, rice, pasta, and more enterprising were exchanged for cars, apartments in Zhezkazgan, Satpayev and other cities. In the end, these farmers remained 5-7 people.

Sheep massively exported to South Kazakhstan oblast. On the North imported watermelons, melons, and other southern pleasures. Back was carrying sheep, cows and horses. In the end, the steppes around Zhezkazgan, where once grazed flocks and herds, were empty. Two years later, in the markets of Zhezkazgan and Satpayev began to sell meat from Shymkent and Turkestan.

As believes T. Rakhimbekov, so it could be in Kazakhstan, if not the Ministry of agriculture imposed a ban on the export of live cattle.

“We, Kazakhstanis, would eat beshbarmak from the Uzbek horsemeat, beef and mutton. But the meat bought at two thousand four – two thousand six hundred tenge per kilo, but somewhere in the eight to ten thousand,” — says Toleutai Zataevich.

By the way, the interstate statistical Committee of the CIS maintains that the export of live cattle cannot be considered for the export of meat.

Tatyana Zlaya

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