CAIRO – 19 April 2018: The Egyptian government has set the price of local wheat according to the price of imported wheat in order to battle the existence of a black market that financially burdens the state.
The government announced that it will import 7 million tons of wheat during the upcoming 2018/2019 fiscal year. The Ministry of Finance said that this year’s budget is based on purchasing 7 million tons of imported wheat at $184 for per ton, reaching $220 after adding packing and transportation expenses.
The Egyptian government recently approved purchasing 150 kilograms of wheat from local farmers at $34.1, which comes to $220 per ton.
Egypt annually consumes 14.5-15 million tons of wheat, exported and local, according to the state’s official statements.
The government plans to buy 4 million tons of wheat from local farmers during the current harvest season.