Kazakhstan: Barley crop up 20.2% to record volume last year
According to official information of the Statistics Committee of Kazakhstan, total production of grains and pulses in the country was around 20.3 mln tonnes in 2018, or 1.5% less than in 2017, UkrAgroConsult reported on February 19.
The 2018 grain crop decline was accounted for mostly by a 5.8% drop in wheat production, to 13.9 mln tonnes. On the other hand, as UkrAgroConsult analysts had forecast, a substantial rise is observed in the barley crop, by 20.2% to a record 4 mln tonnes.
At the same time, despite a 6% decline in the 2018 wheat harvest, grain exports from the country hit new highs this season. The current level has been achieved at the expense of both record barley supplies and rising exports of wheat. However, a slowdown is observed in flour shipments to foreign markets.
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