July 10, 2024


Kazakhstan's milk output expected to rise to 1.2 million tonnes over three years due to government programme



Kazakhstan's milk production has increased by almost 20% and exceeded 600 thousand tonnes, since 2021.


Over the next three years, that volume is set to double to 1.2 million tonnes, through a government preferential financing programme announced by Kazakh Minister of Agriculture Aidarbek Saparov at the third International Forum of Dairy Farming and Processing, PRO Milk 24.


The forum held in Astana gathered over 500 milk producing and processing enterprises, as well as dairy industry experts from 12 countries, to share their best practices.


Saparov outlined government measures to lower the cost of milk. As animal feed accounts for up to 70% of the cost of milk production, the Ministry of Agriculture plans to diversify fodder crops, increase their yields, and develop efficient irrigation.


At last year's forum, it was reported that while Kazakhstan's milk processing reached 2.1 million tonnes, the import of raw milk remained high, increasing from 580 thousand tonnes in 2022 to 800 thousand tonnes in 2023.


In addition to increasing domestic milk production, Kazakhstan needs to reduce the share of imported dairy products, the bulk of which comprises cream, butter, and cheese.


Speaking at the forum, Bauyrzhan Aitkulov, director of the Projects Department at Kazakh Invest, stressed the importance of adopting new approaches to improve investment in the dairy industry. As such, the government of Kazakhstan is introducing proactive mechanisms for attracting investment and expanding its measures of support, Aitkulov said.

- The Times of Central Asia