Kazakhstan, a country with a population of 17.6 million and a stable economy, is becoming a prospective market for traders.
Last year was rather difficult for Kazakhstan, due to the slowdown of the steel and oil industries’ production, which in turn was connected with the slowdown of the Russian and Chinese economies.
Nevertheless, the government is doing its best to stabilise the situation with domestic and foreign investments, and the experts predict that the economy will strengthen.
Traditionally, the diet of the Kazakhs included mainly meat and dairy products, but now fruit suppliers are seeing increasing fruit consumption and growing demand. The main fruit exporters are China, Ecuador, and Poland.
At the same time, a lot of products come to Kazakhstan from neighbouring Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. For example, apples are imported from Poland, China and Kyrgyzstan; pears from Kyrgyzstan, the Netherlands and China; grapes from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and China; strawberries from Kyrgyzstan, China and Turkey; and apricots from Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
As for citrus fruit, oranges are mainly imported from Egypt, China and South Africa; tangerines from China, Pakistan and Spain; lemons from Spain, Argentina and Turkey; and grapefruit from China, Israel and Turkey.
Image: By U.S. Central Intelligence Agency – University of Texas Libraries, Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection: Kazakhstan maps. Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons