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ASTANA -- Kazakh farmers fear the poor harvest caused by extremely hot weather this summer may lead to bankruptcies, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

Auezkhan Darinov, who is the president of the Union of Farmers of Kazakhstan, told RFE/RL that the drought may result in the bankruptcy of up to 20 percent of Kazakh farmers who will be unable to pay their debts because heat has destroyed their crops.

Meanwhile, President Nursultan Nazarbaev stated on a visit to the North Kazakhstan Oblast on August 24 that the volume of agricultural output in Kazakhstan between January and July this year was 2 percent higher than during the same seven-month period last year.
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