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Kazakhstan to curb record wheat prices with export restrictions
Kazakhstan could introduce customs duties on grain starting from March 1 to restrict exports in an attempt to prevent a shortage in the country and further growth in grain prices, which have already reached record-highs, Kazakh Agriculture Minister Akhmetzhan Yesimov said.

Kazakhstan increased its harvest 22% in 2007 to a record-high of more than 20.1 million tonnes, including 16.6 million tonnes of wheat compared to 13.5 million tonnes in 2006. Grain producers, however, have already exported 7 million tonnes of the planned 10 million tonnes of grain since the start of the new season because of the favorable situation on world markets.

"Measures that we sometimes have to resort to will be taken on March 1, in particular customs duties on grain exports could be introduced. In any case, we will be restricting exports in the near future. We're not talking about a ban since we have enough resources," Yesimov said.

"We can still export about 3 million tonnes of grain before the 2008 harvest," he said.

Kazakhstan, the third largest grain producer in the CIS behind Russia and Ukraine, has been increasing grain exports gradually over the last few years and is planning to reach a level of 12 million tonnes per year compared to 9 million tonnes in the previous agricultural year, which would put it among the world's top five grain exporters.

Russia virtually suspended grain exports on January 29 when it introduced a duty of 40% per tonne in an attempt to contain growth in grain prices on the domestic market. Analysts say Russia had already exported 12.5 million-12.6 million tonnes of grain, including more than 11 million tonnes of wheat, before the duty was introduced.

Ukraine has also clamped down on grain exports with the introduction of grain export quotas. Ukraine was allowed to export 1.2 million tonnes of grain between January 1 and March 31, 2008. The country has export potential of 4 million-5 million tonnes in the 2007- 2008 agricultural year.

The cost of wheat has skyrocketed on global markets since May 2007, rising to a record-high $420 per tonne in the U.S. Wheat prices have set new records on sixteen occasions since September 2007.

Global wheat production will total 603 million tonnes in the agricultural year ending in May, while wheat consumption will amount to 619 million tonnes during this period, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.
MGR Archive 2.3.2008
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