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

Doaa A.Moneim , Sunday 13 Sep 2020

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

Egypt’s wheat
An Egyptian farmer, harvests wheat on his farm, in Qalubiyah, North Cairo, Egypt. AP

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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