Tunisia has imported from France 39% of its requirements for wheat during the 2010-2011 campaign, or 409,000 tons.
For 2011-2012, French cereal farmers seek to preserve the same market share and thus continue to be the leading provider of Tunisia in this commodity.
In this perspective, the International Association for the Promotion of French cereals held Tuesday in Gammarth (northern suburb of Tunis), the 12th French-Tunisian cereal meetings.
These annual meetings aim “to present the French cereal crop in terms of quality and volume on the world market,” said Mr. Jean-Pierre Langlois Berthelot, President of “France Export Cereals”.
“It is also an opportunity to learn about the requirements of the Tunisian market and take stock of trends and prospects of international grain markets,” the official added.
On the 2011 French grain supply, Jean Philippe Leygue, representative of the Arvalis Plant Institute, said it amounted to 33.4 million tons of wheat and only 2 million tons of durum wheat.
Regarding other French grains, barley production is estimated at 9 million tons and maize is estimated at 15 million tons.