Kazakhstan exported 162 thousand tons of flour in May, up by 18% MoM (137.5 thousand tons), but down by 2% YoY (165 thousand tons). In total, Kazakh flour exports in MY 2017-2018 (September-May) were up by 4% YoY, at 1.8 million tons.
The biggest importers of flour from Kazakhstan are its neighbors Afghanistan and Uzbekistan. Overall, these countries absorbed a combined 95% of Kazakh flour exports in the period under review, up by 4% YoY.
According to the Statistics Committee of Kazakhstan, growers of all types held 4.38 million tons of cereals and pulses as of August 1, up by 4.6% (4.18 million tons).
Wheat inventories as of August 1 were up by 5% YoY, at 3.86 million tons, including 3.52 million tons of milling wheat, 0.28 million tons of feed wheat and 69.9 thousand tons of wheat for seed.
As of the reporting date, barley stocks totaled 237.5 thousand tons, down by 2.1% YoY, while those of corn were 23.1 thousand tons, rice – 26.5 thousand tons, rye – 10.5 thousand tons, oats – 53.9 thousand tons, buckwheat – 41.6 thousand tons, and millet – 1.9 thousand tons.
The grain harvest in Kazakhstan is underway in four southern regions: Almaty, Zhambyl, Kyzylorda and Turkestan, and also in East Kazakhstan and West Kazakhstan regions. (UkrAgroConsult/Business World Magazine)