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Ahram Online: Egypt's rice reserves enough for six months

The average price stands at EGP 6.5-7.5 per kilogram, and the food staple will be available in amounts to meet consumer needs.
09.04.17 | Interesting article at Ahram Online

Egypt's strategic supply of rice will cover more than six months' worth of domestic consumption, state news agency MENA reported on Friday.
The average price stands at EGP 6.5-7.5 per kilogram, and the food staple will be available in amounts to meet consumer needs, MENA reported Ragab Shehata, the head of the rice division at the Egyptian Federation of Industries, as saying.

He added that the [rice] market is currently stable and will not see a price hike before the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which begins in May.
Egypt's annual consumption of rice is about 3.95 million tones. while production is around 5.1 million tonnes, according to a United States Department of Agriculture report.

Last month the government reached an agreement with private rice mills to produce white rice domestically, potentially ending a standoff over the buying price of last year's crop that has led to millions of tons of paddy sitting idle since the harvest.

The supply ministry has said that it had agreed to pay private mills EGP 6.3 per kg of white rice, which the government would then sell at its outlets for EGP 6.5 per kg.