A delegation from Kazakhstan, led by Vice Minister of Agriculture Yerbol Taszhurekov, attended the official opening of the Green Week exhibition in Berlin as part of their visit to the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA), QazMonitor reports citing the Ministry of Agriculture.
Kazakhstan first joined International Green Week in 2018, showcasing products from ten domestic agricultural producers. This year, over twenty Kazakh companies are presenting a range of products, including meat, dried mare and camel milk, flour, vegetable oils, confectionery, honey, zhent (traditional Kazakh dairy product), fruit juices, as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Deputy Minister Yerbol Taszhurekov highlighted successful projects, including the assembly of CLAAS and HORSCH agricultural machinery with the participation of German investors. Ongoing negotiations involve the construction of a meat processing plant by Baumann GmbH, projected to handle an annual capacity of 30,000 tons of lamb meat.
Germany, a key partner for Kazakhstan, is instrumental in economic and agricultural collaborations. The bilateral trade in agricultural and food products surged to $113.7 million from January to November 2023, marking an 18.3% increase over the same period in 2022. Kazakhstan exported $26.2 million worth of agricultural products to Germany, including fish fillets and related products amounting to $16.9 million. From January to November 2023, Kazakhstan imported $24 million worth of chocolate and cocoa products from Germany, contributing to the overall import volume of $87.5 million.