KazAgro/KazFarm 2017Agriculture, Animal husbandry
At KazAgro/KazFarm 2016, as many as 233 companies exhibited the latest farming, livestock raising and food processing technologies and products. The participation of companies from more than 24 countries, including national stands from Germany, Georgia and Finland, underscored the show’s international character. The event is supported by the Kazakh Ministry of Agriculture and the German agricultural machinery association VDMA and the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture.
Kazakhstan has more than 80 million hectares of arable land and is the world’s 12th largest wheat producer. Some 80 percent of the country’s farm machinery is outdated and will need to be replaced in the coming years. Kazakhstan’s domestic manufacturers cannot satisfy this demand, and according to the German government’s agency GTAI, machinery and equipment will account for the biggest share of Kazakhstan imports.
The government of Kazakhstan predicts an annual growth of agricultural sector in the year from 2017 to 2020 by 3%. The main idea of a new development concept for the industry is the provision of subsidies for small and medium sized companies, as well as further incentives to support the cooperation between farmers and export companies. Kazakhstan is also looking to establish a modern food processing sector, owing to the fact that Ukrainian and Russian seaports for grain and oilseed export are located at a great distance. Kazakhstan also has a considerable need for equipment and technology for animal husbandry, it also needs to further develop its meat packaging and dairy sectors.