In 2018, Kazakhstan harvested 730 thsd tonnes of durum wheat throughout the areas of 481 thsd ha. At the same time, three oblasts of the northern part of the country produced 92% of the grain volumes — North Kazakhstan (38%), Akmola (28%) and Kostanay oblasts (26%), reported the Trader at GrainPartners LLP, Ivan Malygin, during his report within frames of the international conference "KazakhGrainExport 2019" in Istanbul, on September 19.
According to him, due to reduction of the areas under durum to 430 thsd ha, in the current season the grain harvest volumes will reduce to 559 thsd tonnes.
The current weather conditions contributed to reduction of the yield of durum wheat to 1.3 t/ha, against 1.52 t/ha recorded in 2018, said the expert.
In the season-2019/20, the grain exports will also decrease to 480 thsd tonnes, whereas in the previous MY the foreign shipments of Kazakh durum totaled more than 560 thsd tonnes. Italy, Russia and Turkey will remain the main countries-importers of durum wheat from Kazakhstan.