Kazakh government subsidises seed purchases

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ASTANA. February 25. KAZINFORM The Kazakh government subsidises 450 million tenge for seeds. This was reported by Kazakh Minister of Agriculture Asylzhan Mamytbekov at a briefing at the Central Communications Service under the President of Kazakhstan today.

"The matter of provision with seeds is quite acute. I would like to answer this question in advance. Increase in their prices creates a problem. This year, the price per ton of elite seeds reaches 70.000 tenge. Given this, we are making changes related to the increase in the standard of seed subsidies and the top rate will rise from 19.500 to 25.000 tenge. It is planned to allocate additional funding to the tune of 450 million tenge from the state reserves in order to not constrict this programme, "Mamytbekov said.

As the minister said, this year a deficit at 80.000 tons is expected in seeds, Kazinform has learnt from TREND.az.

"Some 12,200 tons in Aktobe province, 7000 tons in West Kazakhstan province and 60.000 tons in Kostanai province. Of them 55.400 tons will be retrieved by the resources of the provinces and the Food Corporation is willing to allocate a loan to retrieve 24.000 tons. Financing is the main issue as there are seeds in the farms," Mamytbekov said.

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