A recently published report by the Egyptian commercial representative office in Washington, has showed that the total amount of wheat imported into Egypt has fallen from 7.4 million tons in the 1998/9 season, to six million tons during the 1999/2000 season.
Egypt is placed third among the world’s biggest wheat importers. According to the report, quoted in Al-Ahram daily, during the period between July 1999 and May 2000, Egypt had imported 4.4 million tons of wheat. The supplies of wheat arrived from the following countries: 3,350,000 tons from the USA, 655,000 tons from Argentina, 180,000 tons from France, while 35,000 tons came from Canada.
The local wheat production capacity grew from 17.7 irdibs per fadan in 1998 to 18 irdibs per fadan in 1999. In 1992, this capacity was 9.23 irdibs per fadan.