Kazakh firm to build largest poultry farm in CIS

The new poultry facility is due for completion in five years.

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Last week, negotiations and plans for this significant project in the Republic of Kazakhstan were finalized between Kazakh Invest and poultry company Aitas KZ.

The new venture has been called “Almaty Poultry Farm Zhetysu,” reported the government source Invest.

To be located in the southeastern region of Almaty, the cost of the project is estimated to be US$600 million. Its annual capacity is expected to be 240,000 metric tons (mt), including 100,000mt of sausages and other processed meat products. The project will run from 2025 to 2029, and is forecast to create 6,000 jobs.

This will be the largest poultry farm not only in Kazakhstan but in the whole Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) area, according to Rabiga Tokseitova. The vice president of Aitas KZ added that the raw materials for the new premises will be sourced locally, and that the final products will be marketed in both Kazakhstan and exported.

Support for the project’s implementation will be supplied by Kazakh Invest, said its management board chairman Yerzhan Yelekeyev. For him, the benefits of this latest project will be increasing the country’s self-sufficiency in poultry meat, and also regional economic development, including job creation for local people. 

Kazakhstan moves to poultry self-sufficiency

One month ago, Silkway TV reported that the Republic aims to meet domestic demand for poultry within the next two years.

As well as reducing the nation’s reliance on imports, the government is aiming to expand exports.

To meet these goals, four farms are set to be expanded in 2025 and 2026 to produce an additional 200,000mt of poultry products. According to this source, Kazakhstan’s current annual production stands at 328,000mt.

This expansion in chicken output is part of a wider government policy to develop further the nation’s agri-food sector. Seen as priorities are meat and milk production, grain processing, and greenhouse farming. For livestock development, Kazakhstan will base expansion on the introduction of Australian production methods.

To achieve these ends, more than 90 investment projects have been identified by the agriculture ministry. The total cost of the investment is estimated at 447 billion tenge (KZT; US$958 million).

Kazakhstan’s output of chicken meat is around 283,000mt, according to the statistics arm of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, FAOstat. This was in 2022 — the most recent year for which data have been published. The figure represents an increase of 7.4% from 2021.

The human population in 2022 was 19.6 million, according to the World Bank.

In 2014, Kazakhstan announced plans to double chicken production by 2020. At that time, FAOstat put domestic chicken production at 130,000mt, so this earlier goal appears to have been achieved.

More on AITAS KZ

With a market share of 43%, AITAS Holding is the largest agri-food company in Kazakhstan, according to the firm’s website. It is a vertically integrated company - from raising parent flocks and hatching eggs to packaging of finished products.

Among its operations are the current largest poultry farm in Central Asia, the oldest poultry farm in the country, and the largest breeding poultry unit in the CIS. Annual capacities for the latter two businesses are 150,000mt and 80 million broiler hatching eggs, respectively.

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