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Tunisian Grain Production Seen Plunging 47% After Dry Weather

Tunisia’s grain harvest slid 47 percent this year after dry weather prompted farmers to reduce planting, the United Nations said.

The crop fell to 1.37 million metric tons from 2.61 million tons a year earlier, the UN’s Rome-based Food & Agriculture Organization said in a country report posted online today. The total includes 1.02 million tons of wheat and 320,000 tons of barley, as well as other grains. The harvest finished in June and July.

“Insufficient rain during the planting season in late 2012 resulted in decreased wheat and barley planted area,” the FAO said. “A below-average cereal crop was gathered despite the well-distributed rains from mid-January to end of March. In Tunisia, crop production varies markedly from year to year depending on the significant rainfall variations.”

Tunisia’s grain imports may jump to 3.57 million tons in the 2013-14 marketing year that began July 1, about 30 percent more than the prior period and 23 percent higher than the five-year average, the FAO said.

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Post date: 19/08/2013

Original link: http://neareast.fao.org/Pages/NewsDetails.aspx?lang=EN&I=0&DId=0&CId=tn&CMSId=21&id=2406403
Source feed: Regional Office for the Near East -Tunisia
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