RUSSIA’S WHEAT BAN HITS EGYPT HARD

August 12, 2010

A major drought in Russia means Egyptians face the risk of missing their daily bread. Egypt, which imports around 60,000 tonnes of wheat a month from Russia, must now look elsewhere to satisfy the demand of a hungry population after Russia halted all its wheat export. Rather than boost its own production and run the risk of political unrest following a price hike, Egypt has traditionally subsidised the import of foreign wheat. Al Jazeera's Ayman Mohyeldin reports.

A major drought in Russia means Egyptians face the risk of missing their daily bread. Egypt, which imports around 60,000 tonnes of wheat a month from Russia, must now look elsewhere to satisfy the demand of a hungry population after Russia halted all its wheat export. Rather than boost its own production and run the risk of political unrest following a price hike, Egypt has traditionally subsidised the import of foreign wheat. Al Jazeera's Ayman Mohyeldin reports.



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