On December 19, 2014 the Committee of veterinary control and supervision of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan received the conclusion of Rosselkhoznadzor for the welfare of the Republic of Kazakhstan for FMD. This was made possible through the active collaboration and efficient work of Kazakhstan and Russian veterinary services, as well as the assistance of the International Epizootic Bureau (IEB). According to the criteria established by the IEB, epizootic situation in Kazakhstan for FMD is safe.
A few years ago for safety when moving livestock products within the Customs Union in Kazakhstan a buffer zone was created on Almaty, Kyzylorda, South Kazakhstan and East Kazakhstan regions. Thus, the export of meat and transport of animals from these regions to other regions of the republic and Russia was prohibited.
In August 2014, as a result of targeted measures with the Kazakhstan side and cooperation with Rosselkhoznadzor the restrictions on the export of meat from the East Kazakhstan region were removed, the import of animal products to the Russian Federation was allowed.
At present, the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan agreed with Rosselkhoznadzor meat exports and the movement of farm animals from all regions previously had restrictions to the territory of the Russian Federation, with the exception of four rural districts of Zhambyl region and 5 rural districts of Almaty region bordering China and Kyrgyzstan.
In addition, the Ministry of Agriculture of RK to receive the official status of FMD free zone filed two applications to the International Epizootic Bureau. It is expected that after consideration of Kazakhstan’s dossier and mission of international experts the Republic of Kazakhstan will receive a status of a country free from FMD at the next Assembly of the IEB in May 2015. This will allow export animal products to the EU and the WTO countries, and thus opens the Kazakhstan farmers access to world markets.
The Republic of Kazakhstan as of December 19, 2014 exported 11,908.33 tons of meat and meat products.