CAIRO – 5 April 2021: Minister of Supply and Internal Trade Ali El Moselhy stated that Egypt has achieved self-sufficiency of wheat and sugar by 55 percent and 90 percent, respectively, indicating that the rate of the latter will be 100 percent in 2022.
The minister elaborated that Egypt's consumption of wheat stands at 16 million tons per annum. Nine million tons go for baking traditional bread, while the rest is used to produce bakeries, pastries, and pasta.
Moselhy pointed out that Egypt cultivates 3.4 million feddans with wheat producing 8.5-9 million tons. He added that the country's storage capacity of wheat rose from 1.2 million tons to 3.4 million tons now as a result of adding silos.
Speaking of sugar, the minister said that Egyptians consume 3.2 million tons of sugar per annum, and that the country's self-sufficiency hiked from 65 percent to 90 percent as a result of boosting the production of beet sugar.