Tunisia expects this year's grain harvest to rise to 2.1 mln tonnes -ministry

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TUNIS, July 5 (Reuters) - Tunisia expects its grain harvest to jump to 2.1 million tonnes this year, up from about 1.4 million tonnes in 2018, the agriculture ministry said on Friday.

The crop will include 1.1 million tonnes of durum wheat, 118,000 tonnes of soft wheat and 700,000 tonnes of barley.

Tunisia devotes most of its fertile irrigated farmland to durum wheat, and imports mainly soft wheat and barley.

Farming represents about 13% of the country's gross domestic product.

(Reporting by Tarek Amara; Editing by Susan Fenton)

2019-07-05 17:07:39

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