Kazakhstan to increase the production and exports of pulses

Realization of the state policy in Kazakhstan, which focused on diversifying of the planted areas under agricultural crops in the country, gave a new impulse to the further development of the domestic market of pulses. In particular, in 2017 the planted areas under lentils and chickpeas in Kazakhstan increased in more than 3 times compared with the figures in the previous year, and totaled 331.6 thsd ha and 12.7 thsd ha, respectively. Last year, the planted areas under peas in the country increased by 64%, to 100.7 thsd ha.
According to forecasts of APK-Inform analysts, in 2017/18 MY the harvest of lentils and peas in Kazakhstan will reach record volumes.
Also, it should be noted that Kazakhstan ships for exports more than half of the produced pulses. In July-December of 2017, Turkey (35.7 thsd tonnes), Afghanistan (11.8 thsd tonnes) and Russia (7.5 thsd tonnes) were the main countries-importers of the products.
For 6 months of 2017/18 MY, the export volumes of lentils exceeded the shipments for the same period in 2016/17 MY by 12%, as well as peas shipments – up 18%. As for the exports of chickpeas, in the first half of the current season its volumes already exceeded the result for the whole last season.
The ever-increasing population and the need to provide foods and high-protein products on the market assist to increasing of the global demand for pulses, which also stimulates the growth of its production in the country. According to the IGC experts, for five recent years up until 2016 the volumes of global trade with pulses totaled nearly 14.5 mln tonnes per year. In particular, dried peas – 4.7 mln tonnes, lentils – 2.9 mln tonnes, chickpeas – 2 mln tonnes, beans – 1.8 mln tonnes, mung beans – 1.1 mln tonnes, as well as broad beans – 0.9 mln tonnes. In 2017, the global trade with pulse crops increased by 5%, and totaled 16.9 mln tonnes. Increasing of the imports by countries of the Far East and Africa became the major driver for growth of the reporting indicator.
India was the key country-importer of pulses, which average annual purchasing volumes totaled 4.4 mln tonnes (average 5-year figures). Also, the TOP of pulses buyers includes: the EU with average annual imports at 1.2 mln tonnes, China – 1 mln tonnes, Turkey – 0.9 mln tonnes, and Bangladesh – 0.8 mln tonnes.
The Director at Triesdorf Agro LLP, Sayat Shortan gave his opinion about the prospects of further development of the pulses market in Kazakhstan: "Despite the pricing situation on the global market of pulses in the current season due to the import restrictions by the key consumer – India, in my opinion, pulses go as the perspective direction for Kazakhstan, and it is a good alternative for further diversification of the planted areas under grain crops. As for the situation with other crops, which are grown in Northern Kazakhstan, then in the current season wheat again demonstrated how difficult this commodity item performs, and the authorities have to use only command-directed intervention methods to keep the required level of grain prices. The situation on barley market depends on one country trends – Iran. If Iran covers all its barley needs by the domestic market supplies, or Russia starts active supplies in the Caspian Sea region, then the price situation will not very favourable for agricultural commodity producers.
Therefore, despite the current situation with pulses on the global market, I am sure that the reporting crops are quite prospective for Kazakhstan, and our country will be able to settle on the global market.”
"Pulses as the prospective niche on the market of Kazakhstan" will become one of the major topics at the international conference "KazGrain 2018", to be held on March 16, 2018, in Astana.
A representative of the Turkish trading company Hakan Agro Commodities Trading Co LLC, Koray Özkan is the key speaker on the topic.
The company Hakan Agro Commodities Trading Co LLC specializes in the exports of a broad range of agricultural commodities, including pulses, oilseeds, grains, food vegetable oils, food products, meat and dairy products, animal feed, etc. The company is headquartered in Dubai (United Arab Emirates). Hakan Agro's strategically located network consists of 26 overseas offices, warehouses, processing and logistics facilities. To date, the company exports 54 different food products from 52 countries to over 1000 customers in 82 countries.
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