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Egypt to buy 4.25 mln tons of wheat from farmers

  • An Egyptian bread vendor rides his bicycle under a giant banner supporting presidential hopeful Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the country's former military chief, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, April 18, 2014. El-Sissi is the most likely winner of next month’s vote. He has enjoyed nationwide support in the nine months since he ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Many Egyptians see him as a potential savior, delivering the nation of some 90 million people from its seemingly countless woes. (AP Photo/Amr

CAIRO: Egypt has signed 186,000 contracts with local farmers to procure 4.25 million tonnes of wheat from the harvest, the Agriculture Minister said on Monday.

This would be a 25 percent increase from the 3.4 million tonnes of wheat the government bought from farmers last year, Minister Ayman Abou Hadid was quoted by state news agency MENA as saying.

 
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