Tunisia launches call for tender to import 100,000 tonnes of common wheat | Tunisia News Gazette

Tunisia launches call for tender to import 100,000 tonnes of common wheat

Tunisia launched a call for tender to import 100,000 tonnes of common wheat and 50,000 tonnes of barley, Director of Supply at the National Cereals Board (French: ONC) Abdessattar Fehri told TAP.

The country resorted to importation to meet its needs, in spite of a harvest of 16.02 million quintals (1.6 million tonnes) in the 2016/2017 season against 12.876 million quintals in the previous season.

Tunisia is a basic importer of cereals, notably soft wheat. Its continuing imports from France over the last years account for more than 15% of market shares in average.

In the previous season, Tunisia imported common wheat from Ukraine (over 600,000 tonnes), Russia (over 200,000 tonnes), Romania (over 100,000 tonnes), France (64,000 tonnes against 268,000 tonnes in 2012/2013) and Belgium (about 50,000 tonnes), representative of the French Union of Grain Exporters (SYNACOMEX) Pierre-Francois Mahieu Wednesday said at the Tunisian-French Meetings.

In 2017, France’s cereals harvest regained its average level after a decline in 2016, said President of non-profit organisation France Export Cereales Jean-Pierre Langlois-Berthelot. A harvest of 37.8 million tonnes of common wheat was recorded, that is an additional 10 million tonnes in comparison with the previous season. This helped France shift back to traditional markets, he indicated.

World production of soft wheat fell by three million tonnes, reaching 751 million tonnes in 2017, Mahieu indicated. Likewise, France’s exports are down in the Maghreb region, while showing an upward trend in the Middle East.

Source: TAP News Agency

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