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Egypt's Strategic Wheat Reserves Sufficient until End of 2022: Ministry Says


Wed 08 Jun 2022 | 11:54 PM
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Egypt has strategic wheat reserves sufficient until the end of this year, a supply ministry official told Reuters on Wednesday. The country also has strategic reserves of sugar sufficient for 5 months, vegetable oils for 6 months and rice for more than 3 months, the official added

In March, the cabinet – upon President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s directives – issued a decree to start the local wheat supply season for 2022 on 1 April instead of 15 April, and to provide farmers with incentives to sell more of their crop to the Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade.

Egypt is expected to source around six million tonnes of wheat this season – around 2.5 million tonnes more than in 2021.

Egypt, the world’s largest wheat importer, relies on wheat to produce bread – a key staple for Egyptians – with 80 percent of its imports coming from Russia and Ukraine.

Egypt imports 12 to 13 million tonnes of wheat per year, according to the Observatory of Economic Complexity in 2020 – an online data visualisation platform focused on the geography and dynamics of economic activities across the globe.

The government has announced that it is persifying its import sources from a new list of countries, at the top of which is India, which has exempted Egypt from its recent wheat export ban.

Egypt is expected to receive its first wheat shipment, which amounts to up to 55,000 tonnes, from India soon.

The country also has a strategic reserve of sugar and different types of cooking oils that can cover five months, the centre said, adding that the country is set to buy more quantities of oil, the statement said.

The country also has a strategic reserve of rice that is enough for nearly nine months.