Thu. Jun 20th, 2024

The Egyptian government intends to grow 3.5 million acres of wheat in the 2024-2025 fiscal year, compared to 3.2 million acres in the current fiscal year.

The Minister of Planning, Hala Al-Saeed, explained that this step comes as part of a plan to expand the storage capacity of wheat silos to reach 5.2 million tons, compared to 3.9 million tons in the previous fiscal year.

Al-Saeed confirmed that Egypt also aims to increase the area of land cultivated with strategic crops, to reach 2.8 million acres of corn and 220,000 acres of beans, adding that enhancing the productivity of these crops will reduce the food gap and limit the import of agricultural products.

The Minister also explained that the plan includes adding about 750,000 acres to agricultural areas in the fiscal year 2024-2025, bringing the total to about 10.7 million acres.

Egypt began planning to increase wheat production in 2022, as its production in that year reached about 10 million tons. Wheat consumption in Egypt increases annually, and currently amounts to about 20 million tons. In 2023, wheat imports reached about 10 million tons, the majority of which are from Russia. .

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