Egypt has enough wheat until end of May: minister

Ahram Online , Sunday 19 Apr 2015

The number one wheat importer in the world purchased 300,000 tons of wheat from France, Russia and Romania, for delivery June

A farmer harvests wheat on a field in the El-Menoufia governorate, about 99 km (62 miles) north of Cairo in this April 23, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt's stock of wheat for its subsidised bread programme is enough to last until the end of May, Minister of Supplies Khaled Hanafi said in a statement Sunday.

Egypt, the number one wheat importer in the world, has signed contracts for 300,000 tons for wheat from France, Russia and Romania to be delivered between 5-15 June this year, according to the General Authority for Supply Commodities.  

The purchases were made at an average price of $221.39 per ton.

Earlier this year, in order to reduce government spending on wheat and reduce smuggling, Egyptian authorities launched a new smart-card scheme for subsidised bread.

The system, which is being introduced gradually throughout the country, currently covers over a dozen of Egypt's 27 governorates, including Cairo, Giza and Alexandria.

Food subsidies account for four percent of total expenditure in the 2014/2015 budget, compared to 4.2 percent in the previous year's budget.

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