The results are driven by the large-scale implementation of a long-term programme to develop animal husbandry that began in the second half of 2018.
Beef exports from Kazakhstan have increased in 2018 beyond the plans made by the Ministry of Agriculture reaching 18,800 tonnes, up by 3,300 tonnes (25%) than the official projection. By comparison, beef exports in 2017 totalled 5,500 tonnes, informs Astana Times.
The results are driven by the large-scale implementation of a long-term programme to develop animal husbandry that began in the second half of 2018. The programme is based on small and medium-sized farms who can access loans to purchase cattle.
To date, more than 700 farmers have received loans issued for 55,000 head while some part of the money was approved for the purchase of 170,000 sheep.
The plan includes breeding brood stock conversion for one million head of cattle. To date, approximately 977,000 head, or 98%, are involved in breed transformation.
Of that figure, 14,500 head were brought to Kazakhstan. The main reasons for the delivery delay were the short time interval (July-December) and unfavourable epizootic situations in the importing countries, according to Kazakhstan's Ministry of Agriculture.