Kazakhstan plans to ban livestock exports
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Kazakhstan plans to completely ban livestock exports, Kazpravda.kz reports with reference to the press service of Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Agriculture.
It is reported that last year 156 thousand heads of cattle were exported from Kazakhstan. The majority - 121.6 thousand heads or 78% - were taken to Uzbekistan, another 14% - to Armenia.
Almost 264 thousand sheep were exported from the country, of which more than half were breeding stock. The main buyer of small cattle is Uzbekistan too. Over 200 thousand sheep (76%) were taken to the neighboring state. The Russian Federation purchased 21.5 thousand heads (8.1%), Azerbaijan - 18 thousand (6.7%), Iran - about 12 thousand (4.5%).
“The massive export of livestock for further processing and resale was conductive to speculative rise in prices for meat products. In addition, the current situation led to decrease in the load of Kazakhstan meat processing enterprises and feedlots. On average, in 2019 they were loaded less than half from its capacity. The main reason for their under-load was shortage of raw materials resulting from the high level of livestock exports,” the ministry said.
Since on the State Agro-Industrial Complex Development Program for 2017-2021, the Agriculture Ministry of Kazakhstan was tasked with increasing the export of processed products by 2.5 times, it had to take measures regarding the current situation.
"Based on the appeals of feedlots and meat processing plants, it was decided to amend the joint order of the ministries of agriculture and finance" On some issues of export of farm animals "dated October 21, 2019, which previously temporarily limited only the export of breeding stock. These changes completely prohibit the export of livestock of cattle and small cattle," it is noted.
Currently, coordination is being carried out with concerned government bodies.