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Tunisia: grain harvest increases, imports set to drop

Tunisia’s grain harvest increased to 2.34 million tonnes from 1.3 million tons last year, which will reduce its grain imports sharply in 2015, Minister of Agriculture Lassaad Lachaal said on Tuesday.

Nizar Ayari, an official in the National Grain Office said Tunisia’s imports of cereals will decline by 80 percent in 2015.

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

A total of 1.2 million hectares were planted with grain this year. Farming accounts for about 10 percent of Tunisia’s gross domestic product.

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