In 2014, the exports of grain from Kazakhstan amounted to 9mn tonnes, the Minister of Agriculture Assylzhan Mamytbekov has said. According to him, the export potential of this year will exceed the last year's level by 26%. From Jul 1, 2013 to Feb 1, 2014 about 5.3mn tonnes of grain was exported by Kazakhstan , which is up 25% from the same period last season, Mamytbekov noted. The minister said that "since October 2013 monthly export has been more than 1 million tons of grain and flour in grain equivalent, which is up 33% from the corresponding period last season. Kazakhstan harvested 18.231mn tonnes of grain and leguminous crops in 2013, the State Stat Agency has informed. This means a growth of 41.7% y/y. The share of wheat in total crops made up 76.5%. The agency also noted an increased in production of oil-bearing-crop by 53.4%, potatoes – by 6.9% y/y, fruits and vegetables – by 5% and melons – by 3.8% y/y. Among regional breakdowns, most of the grain and leguminous crops were gathered in the following regions: North-Kazakhstan (24.9% of total harvest), Akmola (24.2%) and Kostanai. At the same time, most of potatoes and vegetables was gathered in Almaty region (27.6% and 19.6% in total production respectively).
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