Kazakhstan: Grain and Feed Update
This report contains FAS-Nur-Sultan’s production estimates for MY2021/22 and trade estimates for MY2020/21. An unusually warm and dry growing season led to an earlier grain harvest, beginning in mid-August. While producers reported lower grain harvests than what was expected earlier in the year, improved wheat quality and a decreased supply on the market were expected to keep grain prices high. In September, the government’s Food Contract Corporation announced a 24 percent purchase price increase for major grains. Grain exports to China remain frustratingly low due to persistent border closures, while banking restrictions held back barley exports to Iran. The government announced a grain transaction traceability pilot program to provide greater clarity on the country’s grain production, supply, and distribution data.