FAS/Astana’s wheat production estimate for Kazakhstan remains unchanged at 13.5 MMT in MY 2017/2018 (Oct/Sep), and the new forecast for MY2018/19 is down to 13.4 MMT due to a slightly smaller area planted. Similarly, Post’s barley production forecast remains unchanged at 2.7 MMT in 2017/18. The export forecast is also unchanged at 7.5 MMT. Lack of grain hoppers in October 2017 created transport delays and grain was stuck in elevators even during the high export season. A new Minister of Agriculture was appointed in December 2017, which could lead to a new policy agenda.
Kazakhstan: Grain and Feed Update