FAS/Astana forecasts Kazakhstani wheat production in MY 2018/2019 at 14 million metric tons (MMT), 0.8 MMT lower than in MY 2017/2018, as wheat area sown falls. Although new trade routes have affected regional export patterns, Kazakhstani wheat exports in MY 2018/2019 are forecast 0.5 MMT less than the estimate for MY 2017/2018 due to falling production. FAS/Astana forecasts Kazakhstani barley production in MY 2018/2019 at 3.5 MMT, slightly higher than in MY 2017/2018 because of increasing sown area. The Minister of Agriculture has announced several major policy developments to improve seed quality and to transform financial support mechanisms.
Kazakhstan: Grain and Feed Update