Tunisia may reduce grain imports by 29 percent this year because of bigger domestic crops, according to Agriculture Minister Mohamed Ben Salem.
Grain imports may drop to 1.2 million metric tons from 1.7 million tons last year as output climbs to 2.5 million tons from 2.3 million tons, Ben Salem said in an interview yesterday. About half of this year’s harvest will be durum wheat, he said.
“The initial estimate for the grain harvest this year is excellent,” Ben Salem said. Tunisia’s harvest season usually begins this month.
Domestic production will cover about 60 percent of local needs, according to the minister. Rain destroyed 14,000 hectares (34,595 acres) of a total of 1.35 million hectares of grains planted, he said.
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