Grain and Feed Update

An Expert's View about Agriculture and Animal Husbandry in Algeria

Posted on: 22 Nov 2011

According to the final statement of the ministry of agriculture, 2011 grain production reached 4.245 million MT down 7 percent from 2009/2010 harvest. This production was good in the Eastern region and the South but below average in the Western region due to the drought that affected this area.

THIS REPORT CONTAINS ASSESSMENTS OF COMMODITY AND TRADE ISSUES MADE BY USDA STAFF AND NOT NECESSARILY STATEMENTS OF OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT POLICY Required Report - public distribution Date: 10/24/2011 GAIN Report Number: AG1115 Algeria Grain and Feed Update Wheat update Approved By: Kurt Seifarth Prepared By: Nabila Hales Report Highlights: Algeria 2011 grain production reached 4.245 million MT down 7 percent from 2009/2010 harvest. Post: Algiers Author Defined: Crop situation: According to the final statement of the ministry of agriculture, 2011 grain production reached 4.245 million MT down 7 percent from 2009/2010 harvest. This production was good in the Eastern region and the South but below average in the Western region due to the drought that affected this area. However, some wilaya (states) from this region achieved good yields (over 5.0 MT per hectare) despite drought through supplemental irrigation that farmers have done. Setif, Oum El Bouaghi, Souk Ahras, Tiaret, Guelma and Batna in the Eastern region and Bouira wilaya in the Center region, alone accounted for almost 41 percent of the domestic production. Trade Customs imports data in the table below show that Algeria imported 3.96 million tons of wheat in the first six months of CY2011, 3.06 million MT of bread wheat and 904,700 MT of durum. Algeria continues to import wheat regularly to remedy the decline in the domestic production and to build stocks to meet the need. Imports of milling wheat or bread wheat are larger than durum, as domestic bread wheat production is lower compared to durum production. France still controls the largest share of Algeria?s total wheat market (74 percent) and remains the number one supplier for wheat (both bread wheat and durum) to Algeria. U.S. suppliers remain less competitive in this market on price due to the absence of direct shipping lines between the U.S. and North Africa. Table- Algeria wheat imports comparison (January-June CY2010-CY2011 in MT) Jan-Jun CY 2010 Jan-Jun CY2011 Origin Durum Bread Wheat Total Durum Bread Wheat Total France 365458 1825357 2190815 802126 2154578 2956704 Canada 354171 0 354171 0 0 0 U.S. 152781 0 152781 0 26700 26700 Germany 0 67486 67486 0 26250 26250 Mexico 41493 0 41493 26250 0 26250 Ukraine 0 8962 8962 0 0 0 Sweden 0 6900 6900 0 0 0 Finland 0 26939 26939 0 0 0 Lebanon 0 13 13 0 0 0 Brazil 0 0 0 0 675097 675097 Spain 4100 0 4100 23982 0 23982 Paraguay 0 0 0 0 26101 26101 Italy 3600 0 3600 52441 0 52441 Greece 33412 0 33412 0 0 0 Australia 33000 0 33000 0 0 0 Turkey 5250 0 5250 0 0 0 Russia 3005 0 3005 0 0 0 Argentina 0 0 0 0 78500 78500 Others - - - - 77733 77733 TOTAL 996270 1935657 2931927 904799 3064959 3969758 Source: Algeria Official trade data
Posted: 22 November 2011

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