Quality and safety of Kazakh grain in focus at AGOC: Results of 2023




The 2023 growing season in Kazakhstan witnessed adverse weather conditions that had a detrimental impact on both the yield and quality of grain crops. The Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan reported that the average wheat yield was 8.5 q/ha, resulting in a harvest of approximately 11.5 mln tonnes in initial weight. Barley production, with a yield of 10.3 q/ha, amounted to 2.45 mln tonnes.

One of the most pressing topics of the season is the quality and safety of grain from the 2023 harvest. We will discuss it at the international conference Asia Grains&Oils Conference: Results of 2023, which will take place on December 5 in Almaty.

Saltanat Orazova, Head of the Laboratory at the Department of Agro-Industrial Complex, SGS Kazakhstan Ltd LLP will make a report “Quality and safety of grain from the 2023 harvest: the importance of compliance with standards and requirements for export deliveries”.

As part of the upcoming AGOC: Results of 2023 conference, an expert will share the outcomes of extensive testing conducted on fundamental quality parameters of grain samples from spring wheat and barley harvested in key grain-producing regions of Kazakhstan. Over 200 samples of milling wheat and approximately 100 samples of barley were subjected to testing this year as part of the global SGS Quality Map project.

"Analyzing the results it can be noted that the quality of the 2023 grain harvest in the country turned out to be significantly worse than last year. Prolonged rains during the harvest period resulted in grain germination, impacting the falling number value. With a significant content of sprouted grain reaching up to 80-85%, the alpha-amylase activity measured at 61 s characterizes such batches as non-class wheat. Elevated grain moisture levels contribute to the development of pathogenic microflora, necessitating thorough testing for indicators such as mycotoxin content and the presence of pathogenic microorganisms like mold," noted S. Orazova to APK-Inform.

The discussions will also encompass the biological safety requirements for grain destined for export to Central Asian countries, the European Union, and China.

You can find the detailed agenda on the APK-Inform website.

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