Saudi Arabia’s wheat production falls

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA — Saudi Arabia’s grain sector is seeing shifts in commodity production due to profitability and the transfer of the barley imports and distribution back to the private sector, according to a Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Saudi Arabia’s wheat production in the 2021-22 marketing year slipped to 400,000 tonnes as many farmers switched to a more profitable commodity, alfalfa. The USDA expects Saudi Arabia’s wheat consumption in the 2021-22 marketing year to remain at 3.5 million tonnes due to fewer tourists because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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