Tunisia’s grain imports edged up 21.21% in the first 8 months of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.
The quantities imported reached nearly 2,210 thousand tons, valued at 1,494.5 million dinars (MD), according to the National Observatory of Agriculture (ONAGRI).
The volume of imports of durum wheat reached nearly 644.9 thousand toes, worth 595.4 MD, until August 2020, the ONAGRI said.
The volume of barley imports is about 613.8 thousand tons, worth 384.9 MD.
The value of grain imports increased by 45.51% compared to the average of the last five years.
These imports will ensure the country’s needs until November 2020, since the strategic stock covers the country’s needs for two months.
ONAGRI said the level of grain production impacts future imports.
The quantities of grain collected fell by 575 thousand tons, until August 2020, from 1284.6 thousand tons in the first eight months of 2019 to 709.57 thousand tons during the same period of 2020.