Kazakhstan’s Grain Production May Be 54% Smaller After Drought

Nov. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Kazakhstan’s grain crop may be 54 percent smaller than last year because of drought, the Agriculture Ministry said.

Production may be 12.3 million metric tons, after drying and cleaning, from a record 26.9 million tons last year, the ministry said in a statement today. Grain was harvested from 15.1 million hectares (39 million acres), with the yield falling to an average 980 kilograms (0.98 ton) a hectare from 1,530 kilograms last year, it said.

Exports may be 7 million to 8 million tons, Muslim Umiryayev, deputy agriculture minister, told reporters today.

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