Saudi Ministry of Agriculture: Strategic wheat reserves exceed one million tons

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Saudi Ministry of Agriculture: Strategic wheat reserves exceed one million tons

Reuters

            
            
                    Nick Oxford

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The Saudi Ministry of Agriculture confirmed that the Kingdom’s strategic reserves of wheat exceed one million tons, and that it intends to start importing at least 1.2 million tons next month.

“The daily production of flour mills is 15,000 tons, which covers the need for full domestic consumption,” ministry spokesman Abdullah Aba Al-Khail said at a press conference today, Monday.

He added, “Starting next month, the season for receiving approximately 700,000 additional tons of local wheat and more than 1.2 million tons of imported wheat will begin.”

The spokesman pointed out that Saudi Arabia has expanded the list of countries from which it can import livestock and has no concern about a shortage of livestock, without giving further details in this regard.

He added that the Kingdom’s consumption of live food and meat is expected to increase with the approaching month of Ramadan, confirming the availability of food commodities from the local and strategic reserves.

This comes amid fears among the population of the Kingdom of a possible shortage in supplies due to the Corona virus crisis.

Source: Reuters

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