Müller: Kazakhstan is an important partner in the field of agriculture
Co-operation agreement signed between the two countries
The Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Dr. Gerd Müller, stated today in Berlin that Kazakhstan was an important partner for Germany in the field of agriculture.
Müller and his Kazakh colleague, Vice-Minister Marat Ablachatowitsch Orasajew, signed a declaration on setting up a joint bilateral co-operation project "German-Kazakh Agricultural Policy Dialogue" during the International Green Week.
The project goals include:
- promoting close co-operation between Germany and Kazakhstan in the field of agriculture;
- supporting Kazakhstan in the development of its own agri-food policy and concrete statutory projects;
- creating a joint co-ordination platform for politics, the business community and science.
On the Kazakh side, the agricultural support company AG KazAgroInnovazia and on the German side, GFA Consulting Group GmbH had been commissioned to plan, agree and carry out this work.
Müller sees Kazakhstan as a trade partner with enormous potential for the German agri-food industry. The total exports of this industry to Kazakhstan almost doubled between 2005 and 2007 from Euro 26 million to Euro 45 million. Müller was particularly pleased about the Kazakh interest in German agricultural engineering. Exports of German agricultural machinery to Kazakhstan rose in the space of a year (2006 – 2007) by 117 percent to a total value of almost Euro 90 million. The Parliamentary State Secretary believes that this country is currently of particular importance for German agricultural machinery manufacturers as – thanks to the Kazakh government’s exemplary investment policy in agriculture - there have been no signs in Kazakhstan of a fall in demand triggered by the financial crisis, in contrast to other eastern European countries.