Only 5% of these foreign root crops are imported into the country, and now Kazakhstan intends to develop processing - to produce starch and french fries
Kazakhstan completely closed its own need for potatoes. This was announced at a briefing in the government by the Minister of Agriculture Saparkhan Omarov.
“As of today, we completely cover our demand for potatoes. We even have overproduction, so there is a lot of volatility (volatility - Sputnik) in the price of potatoes. As you yourself know, there are years when our producers cannot sell for even 30-40 tenge (about $ 0,07 - Sputnik) per kilogram. This year it is over 100 tenge ($ 0,3). Therefore, there is a very small amount of imports, probably up to 5%. I think the import comes for a specific consumer, ”Omarov said.
Since there was an excess of potatoes, Kazakhstan intends to develop processing.
“Today we have two processing projects: one in the Almaty region for the production of French fries, the other in Pavlodar, for the production of starch. I think we will commission both projects in 2020, ”Omarov said.
At the same time, earlier the Minister of National Economy named the most expensive social products in Kazakhstan.
In general, among the socially significant food products in the republic, the highest price increases are observed for the following products: the mentioned potato increased in price by 32,9%, onions - by 79,0%, carrots - by 59,3%, rice - by 23,8 , 1%, flour of the 15,3st grade - by XNUMX%.
A source: https://ru.sputniknews.kz/