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Egypt’s wheat imports declined to 12.685 mln tonnes in 2019/20: Report

Egypt is currently biggest wheat importer globally, according to the FAS’ Grain: World Markets and Trade report for September

Doaa A.Moneim , Sunday 13 Sep 2020
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An Egyptian farmer, harvests wheat on his farm, in Qalubiyah, North Cairo, Egypt. AP
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Egypt’s wheat imports declined to 12.685 million metric tonnes in 2019/2020, down from 13.3 million tonnes the year before, a decline of 615,000 tonnes, according to a report by the US’ Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS).

However, Egypt’s wheat, flour and products imports saw an increase to reach 13 million tonnes by August of the current 2020/2021 marketing year -- which runs from July to June -- up from 12.685 million tonnes in 2019/2020, according to the report.

Egypt is currently biggest wheat importer globally, according to the FAS’ Grain: World Markets and Trade report for September.

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FAS said Egypt’s wheat production increased slightly by August of 2020/2021 to reach 8.9 million tonnes, up from 8.77 million tonnes in 2019/2020.

Egypt’s wheat consumption increased to 20.8 million tonnes by August of 2020/2021, up from 20.3 million tonnes in 2019/2020.

In North Africa as a region, which includes Egypt, wheat imports increased to 29.6 million tonnes by August 2020/2021, up from 27.863 million tonnes in 2019/2020.

In the Middle East, imports of wheat decreased to 25.885 million tonnes by August of 2020/2021, down from 30.217 million tonnes in 2019/2020.

Wheat production in North Africa meanwhile declined to 16.778 million tonnes by August of 2020/2021, down from 18.399 million tonnes in 2019/2020.

Production of wheat in the Middle East rose to 45.348 million tonnes by August of 2020/2021, up from 44.482 million tonnes in 2019/2020.

Egypt was the second lowest country in an FAS list of rice producers, after South Korea.

Egypt’s rice production stood at 4.3 million tonnes by August of 2020/2021, the same figure as in 2019/2020, while the country’s consumption and residual use of rice increased to 4.5 million tonnes by August of 2020/2021, up from 4.4 million tonnes in 2019/2020. 

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