Egypt aims to import 400,000-500,000T of sugar in 2021, says official

The country increased the areas planted with sugar beet by 120,000 feddans this season

  
Bags of sugar are stacked inside the government food outlet in Cairo, Egypt August 29, 2017.

Bags of sugar are stacked inside the government food outlet in Cairo, Egypt August 29, 2017.

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CAIRO- Egypt aims to import 400,000-500,000 tonnes of sugar in 2021, the head of the the agriculture ministry's sugar crop council told Reuters on Sunday.

The country has imposed a temporary ban on sugar imports aimed at protecting its local industry, but exceptions may be made if approved by the trade and supply ministers.

Egypt's state-owned sugar buyer, Egyptian Sugar and Integrated Industries Company (ESIIC), set a tender on Dec. 13 to buy 50,000 tonnes of Brazilian raw cane sugar.

(Reporting by Momen Saeed Atallah Writing by Nadine Awadalla Editing by David Goodman ) ((Nadine.Awadalla@thomsonreuters.com;))

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