Egypt hopes to plant 3.5mln feddans of wheat in 2021-2022 season - official

The government aims to raise the amount of local wheat it procures to 4 million tonnes from 3.4-3.7mln tonnes

  
A farmer shows wheat grains 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 shows wheat grains 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 Ghan

CAIRO - Egypt hopes to plant 3.5 million feddans (3.63 million acres) of wheat in 2021-2022 season to produce at least nine million tons of wheat, an agriculture ministry official said on Thursday.

The government aims to raise the amount of local wheat it procures to 4 million tonnes from 3.4-3.7 million tonnes, said Abbas al-Shennawi, a senior ministry official.

The planting target is the same as that set last year. The wheat planting season begins in mid-November.

(Reporting by Momen Saeed Atallah; writing by Aidan Lewis; editing by Jason Neely) ((Aidan.Lewis@tr.com; +20-1001174410;))


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