The acreage under crops in Kazakhstan in 2017 will account for 22 million hectares, said Deputy Minister of agriculture Kairat aituganov at a government meeting on Tuesday in Astana.

“In 2017, is planned to place crops on an area of almost 22 million hectares, which is 311 thousand hectares more than in 2016. In General, cereal crops will employ more than 15 million hectares, including the wheat on about 12 million hectares,” he said.

Thus, the acreage will increase by 1.4%.

K. Aituganov reported that increasing area under fodder culture in the 206 thousand hectares, cereals – by 32 thousand hectares, oilseeds – on 60 thousand hectares, fodder – on 593 thousand ha, sugar beet – by 7 thousand hectares.

Reduced crops fotostrana crops, including rice – 2 thousand hectares, cotton – on 4,6 thousand hectares, wheat – 338 thousand hectares .