Kazakhstan expects its grain harvest to revert to average levels of between 13 million and 15 million tonnes this year after last year's record of 27 million tonnes, agriculture minister says

LOS ANGELES , February 21, 2012 () – Kazakhstan Deputy Agriculture Minister Muslim Umiryayev said the nation expects its grain harvest to revert to an average level of between 13 million and 15 million tonnes this year, a sharp contrast from last year’s record of 27 million tonnes, Reuters reported Feb. 21.

The total area sown to grain in Kazakhstan was expected to reach 16.3 million hectares in 2012, slightly more than the 16.2 million hectares last year, the ministry said.

The ministry also said that within this total, the area sown to wheat in 2012 would decline to 13.5 million hectares from 13.8 million tonnes last year.

The primary source of this article is Reuters, London, England, on Feb. 21, 2012.

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