Almaty. July 21. Information Center - The
months of drought that hit Central Asia have been devastating to nomads in
western Kazakhstan. Without grass and feed, thousands of cows and horses would
starve to death. The government has taken some time to admit the crisis, but
authorities have begun to act after months of denial of charges seeking help on
social media, Illinois News Today reports.
May, Western Mangystau activist Berdimurat Torekenov used Facebook to declare a
state of emergency and urge authorities to plan for delivery of feed to
suffering farmers. His photographs of a lean horse looking for water and grass
in the dry meadows were widely disseminated by the Kazakh media. Nomads usually
rely on lush summer pastures and hay harvested in the fall, but this year they
have barely grown after dry winters and springs.
have time to think, we just act. The government should declare a state of
emergency and I call on all citizens to reach out to local farmers suffering
from drought,” Trekenov wrote on May 27. It was. -The nomads affected by
Mangystau are small homegrown farmers. Their only source of income is their
after the president dismissed the Minister of Agriculture, authorities declared
an emergency in the Aralsk district of the Kyzylorda region on July 14,
admitting that 90% of the meadows were unable to sustain their lives due to low
Armazbek Sadirbayev, president of the National Animal Breeding Association,
believes the government is downplaying the scope of the die-off.
government is unaware of the actual scale of the tragedy. Official statistics
show that 500 cows died in the Aralsk district of Kyzylorda, but in only one
village there, 500 dead cows. “We counted,” Sadyrbaev told news site
365info.kz. July 12th.
Sadyrbaev suggested, if authorities deliberately downplay the numbers, they
fear incurring more costs in addition to the government’s high pandemic
response that doubled Nur-Sultan’s budget deficit last year. It may be.
Agriculture Minister Yerbol Karashukeev visited Mangistau on July 15 and told
local farmers that the government plans to spend 1.9 billion tenge (about $ 4.5
million) to reduce hay and feed prices by 17%. It was. He also promised to
organize the transport of feed to the afflicted areas. The money has not been
far the only assistance has been provided by volunteers.
A group in
the Turkistan region organized a hay-filled freight train freight car and
distributed it free of charge in Mangystau. It was delivered on July 14th and
distributed to local farmers.
are rising rapidly. Mangistau’s popular Instagrammer, Azamat Sarsenbayev, wrote
on July 16 that the local market is “totally confused.” He said that some of
the available were just twigs.
are desperately selling lean livestock as feed prices rise daily, but as the
drought spreads to other parts of the world, the number of buyers has dropped
dramatically,” Salsenbayev said. Stated. Die off.
should have expected food shortages, he said, adding that local farmers also
had to change their way and many had more animals that the land could support.
consensus on climate change believes that Central Asia will experience
increasingly extreme weather, such as drought, and general warming, which will
lower the water level of glacier-supplied rivers. A new paper by scientists
from the China Meteorological Administration has found that dry West Kazakhstan
will see more rain in the coming decades.
But for the
Mangystau and Kyzylorda herds, that’s not enough. Kazhydromet forecasters are
not seeing rest on the horizon.
social media warns about drought, livestock death