Kazakhstan’s sees biggest grain crop
KAZAKHSTAN’S 2011 grain crop is likely to exceed the record 20.8m tonnes harvested in 2009, Yevgeny Aman, executive secretary at the Agriculture Ministry, said. This would be the country’s biggest grain harvest since gaining independence 20 years ago and will support a push by its exporters into new markets, he noted. The ministry’s last official forecast was 18.9m tonnes and last month the state-owned grain trader the Food Contract Corporation pegged output to reach around 19m tonnes. Kazakhstan’s grain crop fell to 12.2m tonnes in 2010 due to drought.