Egypt has less than 2 months imported wheat left

July 11, 2013 11:04

CAIRO - Egypt has less than two months' supply of imported wheat left in its stocks, ousted President Mohamed Morsi's minister of supplies said, signalling that a shortage is more acute than previously revealed.

Speaking to Reuters near midnight in a tent at a vigil where thousands of Mursi's supporters are protesting against the Islamist president's removal, former Minister of Supplies Bassem Ouda said the state had just 500,000 tonnes of imported wheat left.

Egypt is the world's largest importer of wheat, half of which it distributes to its 84 million people in the form of heavily subsidised bread. The ousted government closely guarded figures about its foreign grain stores even as a shortage of cash halted its imports.

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