Tunisia’s grain imports increased by 32% to November 30, to 1.63 million tons from 803,000 tons in 2014, according to latest statistics from the Ministry of Agriculture.
The same source also said the amounts of grain collected during the 2015 season were down 30%, which explains the resort to import.
Tunisia has imported 559,000 tons of durum wheat until the end of November 2015, at a cost of USD 257 million.
These imports amounted to 426,000 tons worth USD 175 million during the same period of 2014.
The country also imported in 2015 (through November) 502,000 tons of barley (USD 106 million) against 377,000 tons for USD 96 million, up 33.2% in terms of quantity and 10.4% in price.
The Agriculture Department attributes the rise in the value of durum wheat imports to rising prices of this grain in international markets since the last quarter of 2014.