Egypt's wheat reserves enough for 5-6 months: official

The country has procured 3.5mln tonnes of local wheat in the harvest season

  
A farmer harvests wheat crop on a field in the El-Menoufia governorate, north of Cairo, Egypt May 1, 2019.Image used for illustrative purpose.

A farmer harvests wheat crop on a field in the El-Menoufia governorate, north of Cairo, Egypt May 1, 2019.Image used for illustrative purpose.

REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

CAIRO- Egypt, the world's largest wheat buyer, has strategic reserves of the grain to cover 5-6 months of consumption, an aide to the supply minister said on Monday.

The country has procured 3.5 million tonnes of local wheat in the harvest season which began in mid-April and is set to end this week.

(Reporting by Momen Saeed Atallah; writing by Nadine Awadalla; editing by Jason Neely) ((Nadine.Awadalla@thomsonreuters.com;))

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