Egypt procures 3.1mln tonnes of local wheat in harvest - ministry

The ministry has said it aims to procure 3.6mln tonnes in total this season

  
A farmer carries a bundle of wheat after harvesting it from a field in the Gharbia Governorate, as Egypt ramps up efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Egypt May 14, 2020.

A farmer carries a bundle of wheat after harvesting it from a field in the Gharbia Governorate, as Egypt ramps up efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Egypt May 14, 2020.

REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

CAIRO- Egypt has procured 3.1 million tonnes of local wheat so far in the current harvest season, the supply ministry said in Wednesday, which runs from mid April until June.

The ministry has said it aims to procure 3.6 million tonnes in total this season, and President Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi has urged farmers to sell as much as possible to the government.

(Reporting by Nadine Awadalla; Writing by Mahmoud Mourad; Editing by Jan Harvey) ((mahmoud.mourad@thomsonreuters.com;))

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