File Photo: A bird flies over a wheat field, in Qalubiyah, North Cairo, Egypt (Photo: AP)
Egypt said on Sunday it has harvested around 1.2 million feddans of wheat since the beginning of its domestic wheat harvest season in mid-April.
In press statements, Minister of Agriculture El-Sayed El-Quseir said that around 1 million tonnes of wheat have been procured by the supply ministry.
He said wheat production this season was promising due to the implementation of quality agricultural practices and seeds with a commitment to technical recommendations issued by the ministry periodically during the harvest season to farmers.
Egypt, the world’s largest wheat importer, plans to procure around 4 million tonnes of wheat from farmers this season.
Its strategic reserves of grain are sufficient for 3.6 months.
According to a draft budget for FY2020/2021 seen by Reuters, Egypt is expected to provide 8.6 million tonnes of wheat to the public, with around 5.1 million tonnes imported.