Tunisia has announced that it expects to harvest two million tons of grains this year, besting 2018 by fifty percent, as well as bettering the last decade’s harvest by forty percent. This is on the back of a spate of fires suspected to be the work of disgruntled state enemies or wheat importers, which had reportedly reduced nearly 700 hectares of farmland to rubble.
Farmers have credited the improved frequency and distribution of rainfall in the main cereal growing regions, as well as increased access to fertilizer and seed. According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture, 700,000 hectares of wheat were harvested this year, compared to 620,000 last year. 620,000 hectares of barley were harvested, compared to 525,000 last year, despite repeated fatal fires.
Regarding the unabated fires, Agriculture Minister, Samir Taieb said, “We cannot say for now whether the fires were criminal acts. We are waiting to know more about that from the Interior Ministry. There are committees working on that in the country’s cereal-growing regions and we will study their findings.”
Source:: Ventures Africa