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Closing greenhouses in Kazakhstan: problems, culprits, and solutions

Agriculture in Kazakhstan has become a topic of discussion in light of the closure of greenhouses and the rise in food prices. Activist and peasant leader Almasbek Sadyrbayev expressed his viewpoint on the current situation, blaming the authorities for high coal prices, dumping from Russia, and the availability of cheap resources for Turkmen greenhouses.

One of the key factors highlighted by Sadyrbayev is adverse weather conditions, such as cold spring and summer droughts, which significantly impacted the harvest. However, in his opinion, the government failed to address the problem. The situation is further complicated by the high cost of coal required for greenhouse operations. Sadyrbayev claims that Shubarkol coal, suitable for greenhouses, is owned by oligarch Mashkevich, and its prices are unreasonably inflated.

The activist accuses Russia of engaging in dumping, citing Turkmen greenhouse products that, according to his data, undercut prices and push domestic farmers out of the market. According to Sadyrbayev, this led to the bankruptcy of numerous farms and the unemployment of thousands.

Another issue highlighted by the activists is the dominance of imported products on the domestic market. Sadyrbayev asserts that Russian products, due to their affordability, have conquered the Kazakh market, leaving domestic enterprises in the shadows and creating unequal competition conditions.

In light of these problems, Almasbek Sadyrbayev proposes a solution - to close borders and exit the Eurasian Economic Union. In his opinion, this step will help protect the domestic market and ensure equal conditions for local producers. The activist also expresses concerns that public dissatisfaction could lead to social upheavals, similar to past events in the country.

The current situation in Kazakhstan's agriculture demands attention and a comprehensive examination from authorities, economists, and agricultural sector representatives. Successful solutions may include measures to stabilize prices, support domestic producers, and efficient resource management.


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