File- A farmer takes a rest inside freshly harvested wheat at a field in Minya governorate, south of Cairo, Egypt May 16, 2018. Picture taken May 16, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh/File Photo
CAIRO - 17 February 2022: The ِEgyptian General Authority for Supply Commodities (GASC) contracted, through an international tender, to import 180,000 tons of Romanian wheat, to enhance its strategy of basic commodities amid the ongoing crisis between Russia and Ukraine, the two major wheat exporters to Egypt, GASC announced in a statement on Thursday.
The cargo would be shipped in the period between the 1st and the 10th of April, 2022, the GASC added.
The Egyptian government affirmed that the state has wheat stocks sufficient for four months and a half, said Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli in media comments on Thursday, saying that he is following up on the situation of wheat stocks on a daily basis.
“Our objectives of the national projects that we are accelerating in pace, are to reduce as much as possible the import of these commodities, in order not to be under the weight of global turmoil,” said Madbouli.
Madbouli said that Egypt is working on securing local needs, and increasing the area of agriculture locally via horizontal expansion.
The Prime Minister said that the farmers would start planting the local wheat and the state is encouraging them to reach wheat reserves that would suffice for the end of the year.