ALGERAI HAS TAKEN ALL STEPS NEEDED TO MEET COUNTRY’S WHEAT REQUIREMENTS

BOUIRA, -- The Algerian government has taken all necessary measures to meet the needs of the country in terms of wheat in case of a decline in national production, says Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fishing Abdeslam Chelghoum.

Speaking to the media during a working visit to the province of Bouira, about 120 kilometres east of the capital, Algiers, over the weekend, he added; "In case of a decline in the national wheat production, the State has taken the necessary measures to import wheat to meet the citizens' needs."

Chelghoum had visited Dirah, south of Bouira, where he launched a fire-fighting campaign.

This year, production and cereals has been affected by insufficient rainfall and a drought in some regions of the country, leading to a slight drop in the production of cereals, said the minister.

"It is certain that there will be a slight drop in the production of cereals," he said.

He called on farmers to step up efforts to increase the production of wheat in Bouira, where the current production is estimated at 35 quintals (3.5 tonnes) per hectare on thet El-Asnam plateau.

Source: Name News Network