On January 22, a three-month ban on the export of potatoes and carrots came in force in Kazakhstan. But the growers managed to convince the interdepartmental commission to allow exports within the established quota. This was reported by ElDala.kz with reference to Kairat Bisetayev, head of the Union of Potato and Vegetable Growers of Kazakhstan.
“After the intervention of the Minister of Trade, I managed to participate in the meeting of the Interregional Commission. A decision has just been made to replace the ban on potato exports with quotas for 144 000 tonnes of potatoes in the period from February to April. They also allocated a quota for 57 000 tonnes of potato seeds for the same period,” said Kairat Bisetaev.
He also said that restrictions on the exports of carrots were lifted by the decision of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Earlier, the government decided to limit the exports of potatoes and carrots, fearing a shortage and rising prices in the spring. To convince the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the extremity of such a measure, the Union of Potato and Vegetable Growers conducted a huge study, recalculating the stocks of potatoes in the country. It was established that organized agricultural enterprises produced a little more than 1 million tonnes, and together with production in private household plots in Kazakhstan, 2 million tonnes were harvested.
Agricultural enterprises of the country had 844 389 tonnes of marketable potatoes. The needs of the urban population of Kazakhstan are estimated by researchers at 614 810 tonnes. Taking into account imports (70 000 tonnes per year), it is enough for the country’s agricultural producers to supply 544 810 tonnes of potatoes to the domestic market. This means that the exports potential for the current season (until July 2022) is 299 578 tonnes.
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