Algeria’s wheat imports drop 31% in first nine months

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ALGIERS- Algeria’s wheat imports fell over the first nine months of 2012 by more than 31.6% to $1.49 billion, against $2.18 billion last year same period, Algerian Customs (CNIS) has reported. Imports of wheat (soft and hard) reached 4.6 million tonnes from January to September against 5.75 million tonnes in the same period of 2011, a decrease of nearly 20%, according to preliminary figures issued  here. Hard wheat imports reached 1.09 million tonnes for a total of $ 460.4 million dollars, those of wheat exceeded about them the 3.50 million tons valued at $ 1.03 billion according to the CNIS. Purchases of wheat from abroad began to decline for several months due to a good harvest of about 56 million quintals expected in Algeria during the 2011/2012 season. However, this harvest has not exceeded 52 million quintals, forcing Algeria to rely on imports to fill the gap.                                                                                                                                                                              The  2012-2013 the campaign , the agricultural sector table on cereal production of 50.7 million hundredweight, according to forecasts from the National Institute of Field Crops. National needs for cereals including corn and soybeans are estimated at 80 million quintals / year, which ranks Algeria as one of the largest importers of cereals.

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