NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – Kazakhstan plans to expand meat exports not only to its neighbouring markets, China, and Russia, but also to the countries of the Persian Gulf, Kazakhstan’s Agriculture Minister Saparkhan Omarov said on 18 June.

“We are planning to hold talks with Israel, Turkey, Kuwait, Oman, Japan, South Korea, and the countries of the European Union,” Omarov said in meeting with Kazakh citizens.

Kazakhstan is banking on expanding exports of its own livestock products, Omarov said, adding that the quality of Kazakh meat has long been appreciated not only in the neighbouring markets of Russia and China but also in Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Kuwait.

“Today, the Chinese market is open for 13 product groups: fish products, breeding horses, frozen lamb, honey, wheat, wheat bran, soybeans, horses, beef, alfalfa hay, flour, vegetable oil, barley and corn,” the minister said.

Omarov said Kazakhstan also agreed on veterinary requirements for the supply of live sheep, frozen and chilled lamb, beef and eggs. Kazakhstan has also agreed to export cattle to Saudi Arabia.

According to Omarov, over the past year, exports of agricultural products from Kazakhstan to China increased by 30.4% and amounted to $258.2 million. Exports to the Gulf countries – Qatar, Kuwait, UAE, Oman, Bahrain – increased 4.1 times ($ 3.6 million), to Iran – 2.1 times ($328.9 million), to Europe 14.6% ($303.6 million).