Participants in the grain market continue to analyze the situation of too much sprouted wheat and look for ways out of it. As Director of Harvest Kazakhstan LLP Daulet Uvashev said today at the international conference Asia Grains&Oils Conference: Results of 2023, Kazakhstan will export 6 million tons of soft wheat this season. This was reported by the APK-Inform agency. At the same time, according to the expert, low-quality grain can also be sold on foreign markets. The export of sprouted wheat will significantly intensify in the next 2 months, APK News reports.
“If until mid-November the Afghans still asked for no more than 15% sprouted grain in shipments, then now they are ready to buy with a sprouted grain content of up to 40%,” said D. Uvashev.
In February, he expects a sharp surge in demand for Kazakh wheat from Uzbekistan.
“The only question is whether there will be a good “troika” left by February. We can forget about high-pro until June,” the speaker noted.
Also, according to him, Chinese partners can import sprouted wheat, which can be used not only to produce biofuel and alcohol.
“Depending on specific quality characteristics, such wheat is used for the production of cereals, animal feed, whole grain flour, specialty flour, flour for the production of instant foods, food additives and other products with lower quality requirements. That is, even from low-quality wheat it is possible to produce not only safe, but also healthy food and feed,” emphasized D. Uvashev.
According to the data, in the 2023/24 marketing year, Kazakhstan will be able to supply about 9.4 million tons of wheat to foreign markets. In particular, according to the expert, 6 million tons of soft wheat, 0.6 million tons of durum wheat, as well as 2.8 million tons of flour in grain equivalent will be exported, which will be a record figure for the last 5 seasons.
According to D. Uvashev, the wheat harvest in Kazakhstan this year amounted to about 12 million tons, with an average yield of 9 c/ha, versus 16 million tons and 12.5 c/ha last season, respectively.
As reported, in Kazakhstan, about 40-50% of the total harvest is unclassified grain.