Veterinary vaccine plant to be built in Zhambyl region

ASTANA – BioVetKZ will be constructing a veterinary vaccine plant in the Zhambyl region, the regional press service reported July 30. The two billion tenge (US$5 million), Kordai district-based biofactory has a design capacity of 25 million doses per year, with future capacity expected to increase almost three-fold.

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The enterprise will produce and sell vaccines according to good laboratory practice (GLP) and good manufacturing practice (GMP) regulations for preventing, diagnosing and treating animal diseases. The company plans to expand vaccine production to 11 species.

“The region annually allocates funds for purchasing vaccines for farm animals. Imported vaccines, mostly from Russia, are used to maintain the normal immune function of animals,” said the press service.

Vaccines protect against common diseases including brucellosis, anthrax as well as foot and mouth disease. BioVetKZ is planning to expand its sales markets by exporting to Central Asian countries, China and Turkey.

Eight projects worth more than 16 billion tenge (US$45 million) will be implemented this year as part of Zhambyl’s industrial and innovative development state programme. They will create 947 jobs.

Forty-two investment projects providing more than 6,000 jobs are being executed as part of the second five-year period of regional industrialisation. In the first two years, 23 projects and 1,500 employment opportunities have been implemented. The remaining 19 projects will be launched through 2025.

The press service reported agricultural investments doubled in 12 months. This year, 15.7 billion tenge (US$44 million) was allocated to develop the region’s agro-industrial sector. Investments in fixed capital were approximately 3.7 billion tenge (US$10 million).

In 2017, the region’s gross agricultural output exceeded 30.6 billion tenge (US$87 million) due to 4.8-percent growth in meat production, 3.9 percent in milk and 1.4 percent in eggs. All livestock categories have increased, exporting more than 783 tonnes of beef and mutton.

Crops increased by 20,000 hectares to 650,000 hectares.

Zhambyl region is focusing on water conservation and expanding drip irrigation areas, and an agricultural land use map will be adopted to introduce innovative technologies. The website monitors vacant areas, and the pilot project will be introduced in other regions in the future.