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Egypt’s government starts annual purchase of local wheat

The world’s largest wheat importer needs around 9.5 million tonnes of wheat to produce subsidised bread, the main staple food for Egyptians

Ahram Online , Tuesday 14 Apr 2015
File photo: A farmer harvests wheat on Miet Radie farm El-Kalubia governorate, about 60 km (37 miles) northeast of Cairo May 8, 2012 (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt's government begins on Tuesday its annual purchase of local wheat, which this year will total 3.7 million tonnes at a cost of LE10 billion.

The purchase will ensure wheat reserves are sufficient to last until the end of September.

The world’s largest wheat importer needs around 9.5 million tonnes of wheat to produce subsidised bread, the main staple food for Egyptians.

Last year, authorities launched a new subsidised bread programme which aims to reduce smuggling and cut down on wheat spending.

The government will buy the wheat at a subsidised price of LE420 per l’erdeb ($55 per 150 kg) amounting to around $365 per tonne compared to an average international price of $210, the spokesperson for the ministry of supply, Mahmoud Diab, told Ahram Online.

Egypt imported 2.9 million tonnes of wheat in the first half of the current fiscal year ending June 30, reported state-owned news agency MENA at December’s end.

The wheat harvest lasts from April to June.



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14-04-2015 06:59pm
World largest wheat importer
The world largest wheat importer has one of the largest desert land in the world, talented engineers and scientists to turn in into productive land, tens of millions of unemployed youth, the largest army in the region, and allegedly a mature Agricultural ministry. Shouldn't food security be given higher priority than building a new administrative capital city?
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