Kazakhstan to meet grain crop target as harvesting almost complete
NUR-SULTAN, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Farmers in Kazakhstan have threshed 18.2 million tonnes of grains and pulses from 93.4% of the sown area, with marked improvements in quality compared with the previous harvest, agriculture minister Saparkhan Omarov said on Tuesday.
The Central Asian nation has previously said it would harvest about 18 million tonnes of grains and pulses this year, making 7.5-8.0 million tonnes available for exports.
The share of so-called Hi-Pro wheat with the highest gluten content has increased significantly, Omarov said, which will allow Kazakhstan to increase its exports to China.
Kazakhstan's main grain export markets are fellow Central Asian nations and Afghanistan, with some volumes also shipped through Black Sea ports. (Reporting by Tamara Vaal; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)
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