Ministry of Agriculture targets: 81% self-sufficiency in wheat by 2030
Wheat - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The Ministry of Agriculture aims to gradually raise wheat production to satisfy 81 percent of domestic need by 2030, Al-Mal reported Wednesday.

New minister Adel al-Beltagy said in a press conference self-sufficiency in corn in 2030 will be 90 percent, 93 percent in sugar, 100 percent in dairy and poultry and more than 100 percent in fish, reported Al-Mal.

He added that 4 million citizens will be employed according to the plan from which 20 million citizens will benefit.

The Ministry of Agriculture estimated Egypt’s wheat acreage at 3.4 million acres, compared to 3.1 million acres in 2013, Services Sector Head at the Ministry of Agriculture Hamdy al-Assi previously told Youm7.

The 3.4 million acres of wheat produce 8.5 to 9 million tons of wheat every year, out of which the Ministry of Agriculture receives only 3 to 3.4 million tons, Assi said, adding that the missing amount of wheat is either sold in the black market, used by the private sector, or decayed due to the poor storage conditions in silos.

The General Company for Silos and Storage (GCSS) signed a 370 million EGP ($51.7 million) deal with the United Arab Emirates for building two wheat silos in Amiriya and Damietta, in the Nile Delta region north of Cairo, Mubasher reported.

Building the two silos came within the UAE’s $4.9 billion aid package to Egypt for building 25 silos all over the country at the upcoming period, Mubasher reported.

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