Algeria's 2012 Grain Production Forecast Up23 April 2012
ALGERIA - Agriculture ministry’s current statements still suggest a good crop for this year forecasting 5.5 million MT of total grain production for 2012 up 31 percent from last year’s.
The crop is reported to be developing well. Algeria’s grain planting season completed under favourable
climatic conditions throughout the country.
Government estimates indicate that 3.3 million ha of grain were planted this year. Durum continues to account for the biggest portion of the planted area followed by barley and bread wheat. Indications are that farmers are becoming more favorable to certified seeds and fertilisers.
The level of wheat supplied to mills was brought progressively to a total 70 per cent of the mills capacities, for both durum and bread wheat in 2011.
Algeria remained one of the world’s largest importers of wheat in 2011. Cereal products accounted for about 37 per cent of total food imports bill in CY2011.
Wheat imports were up by close to 42 per cent to just over seven million MT. Durum imports were up by 48 per cent and bread wheat by 39 per cent.
The Algerian grain agency (OAIC) has opened an invitation for bids to construct 39 grain storage silos in the country for durum, bread wheat and barley, and recently extended the deadline for submissions from March to April 2012.
In May 2011, the Ministry of Agriculture suspended the tax on private durum imports for an indefinite period because of the high world market prices.
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