|09 June, 2019

Tunisia sees 2019 grain harvest rising 42% to 2 mln tonnes

Tunisia devotes most of its fertile irrigated farmland to durum wheat and imports mainly soft wheat and barley.

Image used for illustrative purpose. Male hands holding a sieve and throws up soybean grains.

Image used for illustrative purpose. Male hands holding a sieve and throws up soybean grains.

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TUNIS- Tunisia expects its grain harvest to jump by about 42% to more than 2 million tonnes this year, up from about 1.4 million tonnes in 2018, the state news agency said on Sunday.

Tunisia devotes most of its fertile irrigated farmland to durum wheat and imports mainly soft wheat and barley.

Farming represents about 13 percent of gross domestic product.

A total of 1.2 million hectares were planted with grain this year.

(Reporting by Tarek Amara; editing by Mark Heinrich and Jason Neely) ((tarek.amara@thomsonreuters.com;))

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