You are invited to participate in the Swedish Agriculture and Food Processing Delegation to Kazakhstan headed by Mr. Sven-Erik Bucht, Minister for Rural Affairs, 4 - 6 October. The Delegation is organized by Business Sweden in cooperation with the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, the Swedish Embassy in Astana, Kazakhstan.
The participants in the delegation will be given the opportunity to visit two important cities: Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, and Petropavlovsk, the largest agricultural area. The Program will include meetings with key stakeholders and governmental authorities, study visits to the field and farms, and B2B meetings in both cities. Swedish companies have the opportunity to present their products and build a foundation for future business with the Kazakh market players from both public and private sectors.
•4 October, Astana
•5 - 6 October, Petropavlovsk
Kazakhstan is the 9th largest country in the world with the area of 2 724 900 km2. More than 80% of the area is classified as agricultural land, 70% of which is occupied by pastures. The topographical and climatic conditions of Kazakhstan are very diverse; therefore the country facilitates a variety of agricultural production within different regions: the northern region is particularly conducive to cereal production, the central region to cattle breeding and the southern part is more associated with rice growing, fruit and vegetable cultivation.
The agricultural and food processing sectors play a significant role in the economy of Kazakhstan. In 2015 the share of agricultural production in GDP accounted to 4.7%. Kazakhstan is one of the world's largest grain and flour producers which exports products to over 70 countries. Agriculture gross output (service) production in 2015 consisted of USD 8 billion where animal husbandry accounts for about 45-50 percent of production value in agriculture. A local market provision with domestically produced main categories of goods is around 80%.
The demand in agricultural and food processing machinery is mainly met by imports. The total import share for equipment is currently at a level of 80%. The agricultural equipment assets in the country are characterized by a significant level of deterioration with more than 80% of equipment being outdated or/and worn-out. In order to support the local buyers of agricultural and food processing machinery, the government is implementing several credit and investment programs.
The program in Astana will provide the delegates an overview of the agricultural and food processing markets development, state investment programs and regulations, ongoing and planned projects with business perspectives as well as opportunities to meet with potential local partners.
The program in Petropavlovsk will enable to meet with the largest producers of the whole chain of agricultural production process – harvesting, storage and processing of grain, oilseeds, production of milk, meat, food processing as well as the usage of fertilizers and irrigation systems.
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Welcome to join the delegation! Save the dates 4 - 6 October. Please register your interest below and we will get back to you as soon as possible with further information regarding the program in Kazakhstan. A detailed program for the delegation will be sent out shortly and upon your request.