Friday, July 16, 2010

Regional Focus - North Africa

Cereal crops in Algeria are expected to fare well in spite of storms and heavy rains during May – June 2010, while those of Tunisia and Morocco are likely to be substantially affected by bad weather. The Government of Algeria expects a good harvest - at least as good as last year's record harvest of 6.1 million tonnes. Tunisia’s grain crop may drop by about 36% to 1.6 million metric tons this year because of a decline in rainfall, according to the country’s Agriculture Union. The Government of Morocco expects the country's cereal crops to decline by about 20% to 8 million tonnes from 10.2 million tonnes in the previous year.