CAIRO: A total of 3.2 million feddans have been planted with wheat this season, excluding a few governorates going through a delay because of rain, according to an Agriculture Ministry statement Wednesday.
The ministry is keen on planting more of strategic crops to reduce the “food gap,” Agriculture Minister Essam Fayed stated.
He added that the ministry follows up with farmers to provide them with fertilizers and “overcome any obstacles.”
For every feddan of wheat, an Egyptian farmer will be granted 1,300 EGP ($166) in subsidies before the harvest season to encourage cultivation of the crop, Supply Minister Khaled Hanafy previously told Youm7.
The cash will be dispensed in February, Hanafy said, adding that the private sector will buy the local wheat at a relatively high price, reflecting positively on farmers.
Egypt is the world’s largest wheat imported, with traditional bread being a staple in Egyptian meals. It has imported tons of wheat in the past few months from Russia, France and Romania to secure subsidized bread and to prevent high prices offered by the private sector over wheat-based production.
It also announced the establishment of several wheat silos to prevent the loss of tons of local wheat every year.