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Egyptian wheat farmers face a hard time

Farmers say wheat plantation has become unaffordable due to an economic crisis.

Last Modified: 28 Apr 2013 12:52
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Egypt's farmers are accusing the government of gambling with the country's food security.

Egypt imports roughly 10 million tonnes of wheat a year. But this year, officials have cut imports of key commodities like wheat, betting that a big local harvest will make up the difference.

If farmers cannot make money growing wheat, many of them might switch to more lucrative crops in the future.

Al Jazeera's Rawya Rageh reports from Beni Suef.


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