KazAgro/KazFarm 2016Agriculture, Animal husbandry
At KazAgro/KazFarm 2015, 250 companies exhibited the latest farming, livestock raising and food processing technologies and products. The participation of companies from more than 18 countries, including national stands from German, Poland and Canada, underscored the show’s international character. The event is supported by the Kazakh Ministry of Agriculture and the German agricultural machinery association VDMA.
Kazakhstan has more than 80 million hectares of arable land and is the world’s 12th lar¬gest 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 Some 80 percent of the country’s farm machinery is outdated and will need to be replaced in the coming years.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 Kazakh government plans to provide more than USD 2.5 billion in subsidies for the farming and livestock sectors. Currently, the agricultural sector only contributes 4,5% to the GDP, but one quarter of all Kazakh employees are working in this sector. Kazakhstan is 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 greate 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.