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Reference Date: 23-October-2015

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Cereal production in 2015 increased slightly from last year’s below-average level

  2. Wheat exports in 2015/16 expected to increase

  3. Export prices of wheat declined in October and were well below their year-earlier level

Cereal production in 2015 increased slightly from last year’s below-average level

Harvesting of the 2015 cereal crops, mainly wheat, concluded in September and aggregate output is estimated at 17.6 million tonnes, 6 percent up from the previous year’s level, reflecting a slight improvement in yields following overall favourable weather conditions. Increased yields more than offset a contraction of over 4 percent in the area planted following a shift to alternative crops, including oilseeds and fodder crops. Wheat output, which accounts for over 80 percent of annual cereal production, is estimated at 14 million tonnes, about 8 percent up from last year, representing the largest crop since the bumper harvest of 2011. Barley production increased slightly while output of maize fell by 17 percent, although remained about the average level of the past five years.

Wheat exports in 2015/16 are forecast to increase from last year’s level

Kazakhstan is an important exporter of cereals (mainly wheat) and plays a central role in the subregion’s food security. The bulk of cereals are traditionally exported to neighbouring CIS countries (namely Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan) but also outside the subregion to Afghanistan. Exports of wheat in the 2015/16 marketing year (July /June) are forecast at almost 6.5 million tonnes, some 9 percent above last year’s level, mainly reflecting the increased output in 2015.

Export prices of wheat declined in October and were well below their year-earlier level

Export prices of wheat grain declined in October as a result of the sharp depreciation of the national currency against the US dollar during August and September; new supplies from the 2015 main spring harvest entering the market and limited trade activity due to reduced import demand from neighbouring countries. Export prices of milling wheat in the subregion were well below their year-earlier levels, in line with trends in the international market.









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