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Egypt buys five million tons of domestic wheat, 25pct above target

The government will stop purchasing additional wheat from local farmers by next Wednesday

Ahram Online , Saturday 11 Jun 2016
Supply Minister Khaled Hanafy
Supply Minister Khaled Hanafy (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Egypt has purchased five million tons of domestic wheat, around 25 percent more than the targeted amount, but the figure is still less than last year’s, the state's supply ministry said in a statement Saturday.

Last year, Egypt bought 5.3 million tons from local farmers, the statement read. In 2013 and 2014, the government procured between 2.5 million and 3.5 million tons of domestic wheat.

The government will stop purchasing additional wheat from domestic farmers by next Wednesday, the statement added.

The world's largest wheat importer has banned the trade of imported wheat, without permission from the supply ministry, in the domestic market during this year's harvest season, which lasts from April to July.

Wheat imports for the 2015/16 marketing year are estimated at 11 million tons, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) wrote in October 2015, "about the same as the previous year and the average for the last five years."


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11-06-2016 08:05pm
No good deed goes unpunished
This is a classic example of what appears to be a good result got diluted by poor communication and lack or planning. On daily basis now announcements been made about “Egypt buys 4.2, 4.5. 4.6. 4.8, 5.0 million tons .. and we are going to stop now”. We understand it’s a complex decision with many variables like (i) local wheat cost the government more than import, (ii) we should encourage local agriculture to the max, (iii) assigning and agreeing say 6m tons of local wheat beginning of the season is difficult .. etc. However; Planning is important here; look at total local capacity, allow for % of drop, set an annual target of purchase with x% local (maximized) and then try to meet it. More importantly ensure consistent communication and announcements; we need to appear professional and competent; even …!
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