War and drought have crippled Syria's wheat crop, with some experts now forecasting output of the staple food could fall to around a third of pre-war levels, and possibly even below 1 million tonnes for the first time in 40 years.
Egypt's wheat harvest is shaping up well but farmers doubt it will meet official predictions, threatening the government's plan to cut costly food imports as it battles to shore up its fragile finances.
Algeria expects its grain harvest to reach 5.5 million tonnes this season due to better weather conditions, the official APS news agency quoted an agriculture ministry official as saying, a 31 percent rise on the previous campaign.
Australia is on track for another year of bumper grains and oilseed harvests with ideal growing condition forecast to boost production this year, which could add pressure on global prices.
Even though Austral
Global sugar supplies will be tight before the next harvest of top producer Brazil, which is likely to start later than normal to allow time for sucrose to develop in cane, a leading sugar analyst said.
But the market would have to absorb
Iraq expects drought will cut its 2011 national wheat harvest to 1.75 million tonnes, below expectations and lower than 1.866 million tonnes produced last year, Hassan Ibrahim, Iraq's grain board chief told Reuters in an interview on Monday.
Iraq expects to produce an annual harvest of 4 million tonnes of wheat in three years time and be able to cover domestic demand, according to the country's Deputy Agriculture Minister Mehdi al-Qaisi.
Oil producer Iraq, which is struggl
Favourable weather is likely to boost Ukraine's grain harvest to 43-47 million tonnes in 2011 and the ex-Soviet state could export 21-22 million tonnes taking advantage of smaller crops in western Europe, analysts said.
A severe drough
Tunisia will have a wheat harvest of almost 2 million tonnes this year due to more rain than in 2010, Agriculture Minister Mokhtar Jallali said on Wednesday.
'The wheat harvest will be good this year,' he told a news conference.-
The International Grains Council on Thursday forecast world wheat production in 2010 would fall to 653 million tonnes, down 21 million from an estimated 674 million in 2009 but still the third largest crop on record.
The IGC, in a monthly