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Algeria Wheat Update

01 November 2011
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

ALGERIA - Algeria 2011 grain production reached 4.245 million MT down seven per cent from 2009/2010 harvest, according to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.

According to the final statement of the ministry of agriculture, 2011 grain production reached 4.245 million MT down seven per cent from 2009/2010 harvest.

This production was good in the Eastern region and the South but below average in the Western region due to the drought that affected this area.

However, some wilaya (states) from this region achieved good yields (over 5.0 MT per hectare) despite drought through supplemental irrigation that farmers have done.

Setif, Oum El Bouaghi, Souk Ahras, Tiaret, Guelma and Batna in the Eastern region and Bouira wilaya in the Center region, alone accounted for almost 41 percent of the domestic production.

Trade

Customs imports data in the table below show that Algeria imported 3.96 million tons of wheat in the first six months of CY2011, 3.06 million MT of bread wheat and 904,700 MT of durum.

Algeria continues to import wheat regularly to remedy the decline in the domestic production and to build stocks to meet the need. Imports of milling wheat or bread wheat are larger than durum, as domestic bread wheat production is lower compared to durum production.

France still controls the largest share of Algeria's total wheat market (74 percent) and remains the number one supplier for wheat (both bread wheat and durum) to Algeria.

US suppliers remain less competitive in this market on price due to the absence of direct shipping lines between the U.S. and North Africa.

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