“Grain imports from Kazakhstan don’t carry political risks, despite this country is a
member of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) as well as Russia,” Chairman of the Grain Importers Association Levan
According to Levan Silagava, despite its membership in the organization,
Kazakhstan pursues an independent policy and Russia can’t affect Kazakhstan to sell grain
notes that 90% of grain is imported from Russia that increases the country's dependence on Moscow’s
should be diversified but the grain price
should be economically profitable for the business. a possible subsidizing of the cost of grain transportation
through the country’s territory by the
Kazakh side that will allow to buy the
product at an affordable price, ”Leva Silagava explains.
the words of Chairman of the Grain
Importers Association, Kazakhstan will begin harvesting in September.
sent approximate figures to the Kazakh side about the volumes of grain we can
buy in Kazakhstan - roughly, it is about 200,000 tons but it will depend on the
price, ”he says.
adds that Georgia consumes 600,000 tons of grain per year, and
in the near future Kazakhstan’s share will make 25% and dependence on Russia will reduce by 30-35%.
believes that it is very difficult to
talk about a complete refusal from Russian grain supplies.
our region there are three large grain producers - Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan.
Now we are in talks with Ukraine, but they supply grain to the European Union
at zero customs rates and it is
unprofitable for them to export grain somewhere else. We can negotiate with
other Black Sea countries - for example, with Bulgaria and Romania who are also
major grain producers, ”Levan Silagava stresses.
to him, Georgia’s main goal is to
increase grain that would allow to abandon imports, but this will take several