Almaty. July 26. Information Center - Kazakhstan's
high stocks of wheat and imports of the grain from Russia will support supplies
this season, analysts said, after drought in parts of the Central Asian nation
reduced their estimates for the 2021 wheat crop, Nasdaq reports citing Reuters.
Kazakhstan, the top grain producer in Central Asia which
usually starts harvesting in September, has been hit by dry and hot weather in
recent weeks. It plans to ban exports of rye and limit exports of barley and
wheat used for animal feed for six months from Aug. 15.
Kazakhstan's Grains and Oilseeds research bureau cut its
forecast for this year's wheat harvest by 500,000 tonnes to 9.5 million tonnes,
it said on Monday.
Kazakhstan's Grain Union last week downgraded its forecast
for the wheat harvest to 11.9 million tonnes from 13.0-13.5 million tonnes it
expected in June.
The wheat harvest totalled 13.66 million tonnes last year.
"One should not look only at production," Viktor
Aslanov, the head of Grains and Oilseeds research bureau, said. "The
supply will not change significantly year on year."
Kazakhstan will have about 1.3 million in stocks as of Sept.
1, the highest level in about eight years, and is expected to import 2 million
tonnes of wheat from Russia this year, according to Aslanov's estimate.
That would provide a total supply of 12.7 million tonnes, he
said, compared with 13.2 million tonnes last year.
Farmers in Russia's Siberia and Urals, which have also been
hit by dry weather, report unusually high demand from Kazakhstan, Sovecon, a
Moscow-based agriculture consultancy, said last week.
The demand is supported by some traders being concerned that
Kazakhstan would introduce some kind of export restrictions on wheat, Sovecon
Kazakh grain millers asked the government to introduce
export duties on wheat but the cabinet was yet to look into the matter, Nurlan
Ospanov, chairman of the Kazakhstan's Grain Union, told a conference last week.
His union urges the government to avoid restrictions on
wheat exports, saying that Kazakhstan would then risk losing its traditional
Central Asian markets.