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Favourable Egypt Weather Results in Above Average Cereal Crop

06 February 2014

EGYPT - Final 2013 wheat production figures are not available yet although owing to favourable weather conditions, preliminary forecasts pointed to an above average cereal harvest.

Official reports from Egypt’s Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation indicated the highest ever winter wheat area, at 1.43 million hectares, was planted in 2013, an increase of about 100 000 hectares on 2012, reports FAO.

Below average cereal import requirement envisaged

Egypt remains the world’s largest wheat importer. Accordingly, cereal import requirements in the current marketing year 2013/14 (July/June) are put at about 15.4 million tonnes, about 16 per cent higher than last year but some 4 per cent lower than the five-year average.

While imports in the first half of 2013 were slow, the General Authority for Supply Commodities (GASC) announced mid-January that Egypt’s strategic reserves of wheat are enough until the end of April 2014 and that the level of reserves would increase after the expected purchase of domestic wheat from farmers in mid-April.

The Government expects to purchase four million tonnes of wheat from local farmers in 2014. The Cabinet increased wheat purchasing price to EGP 420 per ardeb (150 kg) compared to EGP 400/ardeb in 2013. Imported wheat is mixed with local wheat to increase its gluten content.

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