Akmola region reproductive dairy farm to provide jobs

ASTANA – A specialised reproductive farm to be established in Burabai area, Akmola region, will provide jobs for local residents and develop the Kazakh dairy industry.

Photo credit: laudator.ru.

Photo credit: laudator.ru.

The industry is taking a new direction, as the unique project will create opportunities in rural areas and provide additional tax revenue. It will use high technology and international standards in genetics, such as total performance index (TPI) and ALTA GPS, to manage and determine livestock value.

As a result, industrial and family dairy farms in the region will increase milk production. In addition to the reproductive farm, training centres, a single feed centre and separate production unit to manage herd reproduction will be available, providing farmers with highly qualified specialists to increase volume.

The process will begin with medium-sized and large dairy farms in the region receiving 3,000 head of highly productive cattle for breeding. The main participants will be agricultural cooperatives, including dairy farms in the Akkol, Burabai and Zerenda districts and Esil, a social entrepreneurial corporation. Organic dairy products will be supplied through the AQMOL and Kokshetau-Onimderi trade networks to markets in the capital and Kokshetau city.

Kazakh farmers supply 30 percent of the domestic milk market and the Five Social Initiatives roadmap approved March 13 by the government will influence the country’s agricultural development. The government allocated 20 billion tenge (US$61.2 million) this year to enhance mass entrepreneurship and 62 billion tenge (US$189.7 million) for micro crediting.

Agricultural producers increased figures in all livestock categories in 2017 compared to the previous year, the Ministry of National Economy committee on statistics reported Jan 1. The number of camels increased 7.2 percent; horses, 6.9 percent, and cattle, 5.5 percent. The number of pigs, however, decreased by 2.3 percent.