Kazakh grain harvest halved by drought

By Agence France-Presse

2012-11-07

ASTANA – Kazakh farmers this year lost nearly 50% of the grain harvest because of a severe drought, according to government figures released November 6.

This year's harvest amounted to 14.7m tonnes, almost half the 26.9m tonnes recorded in 2011.

Kazakhstan generally exports about half of its crops, particularly to its Central Asian neighbours but also towards the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan.

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