Minister of Agriculture reported to President Nazarbayev

ASTANA. July 23. KAZINFORM The Head of State Nursultan Nazarbayev received Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan Assylzhan Mamytbekov on Monday (July 23), Kazinform has learnt from the President's press service.

Minister Mamytbekov reported on the current situation in the agricultural sector and the process of preparation of the harvesting campaign.

"This agricultural year is hit by drought. Kazakhstan is not the only country in this respect. Russia, the U.S. and Europe are challenged by drought as well. Last year we gathered a rich crop, however, this year will be a tough one for agricultural industry," said President Nazarbayev.

The Kazakh leader stressed it was necessary to intensify the preparation for the harvesting campaign, in particular, it was crucial to work on the problems of provision of petroleum, agricultural equipment and so on.

"It is important to control the level of prices for grain at the inner market. The Government will render all-round assistance to the agricultural sector. In these circumstances it is necessary to work more effectively and in an orderly manner," underlined Nursultan Nazarbayev.

"In general, despite the drought weather conditions, the grain harvest in Kazakhstan will be at an average level. Rich crop is expected in North Kazakhstan region and other districts of Karaganda, Akmola, Kostanai regions," noted A. Mamytbekov.

Following the meeting, the Head of State gave specific instructions on timely running of the harvesting campaign and rendering assistance to local agricultural producers suffering from unfavorable weather conditions.

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