“Kazakhstan is to increase its grain exports to Azerbaijan,” Kazakh Deputy Minister of Agriculture Marat Tolybaev told journalists in Baku on Thursday.
“We are ready to supply grain to all the markets of Central Asia and the Caucasus,” he added. “We hope that Azerbaijan will be Kazakhstan’s reliable partner in this area.”
He said that Kazakhstan collected a record grain crop to the amount of over 30 million tons in 2011.
“There was no such harvest in Kazakhstan in Soviet times,” Tolybaev said.
Tolybaev participates in the 28th European Regional Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the 37th session of the European Commission on Agriculture today.
“Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan are leaders in their regions, so that both countries have similar problems and goals,” he said. “We can help each other and cooperate.”
Last year, Azerbaijan bought about 1.3 million tons of grain from Kazakhstan and about a half a million tons this year, Trend reports.
Kazakhstan is among the world’s largest grain exporters. A record harvest – nearly 27 million tons of grain in net weight was collected in 2011. Export potential was estimated at 15 million tons.
The yields of grain production in Azerbaijan as of 2011 was 25.4 centner per hectare compared to 20.7 centner / ha as of 2010. About 2,458,500 tons of grain were produced in 2011, or 23 percent more than in 2010.
Azerbaijan’s need for grain is 3 million tons.