Highlights

According to the Ministry of Agriculture's crop assessment, Algeria's MY2016/2017 grain production reached 3.3 MMT compared to 4.0 MMT the previous year. Once again, the results are directly attributable to drought conditions in the production areas of Algeria. As in previous years when drought has so hampered grain production, Algeria will likely import grain to compensate for the shortfall in domestic production.

General Information

The Ministry of Agriculture reported an 11 percent decline in MY2016/2017 grain production. Newly appointed Minister of Agriculture, Chelghoum Abdeslam announced that the current grain crop only reached 3.3 MMT compared to 4.0 MMT last year. No official figures have been published. Minister Chelghoum attributed the decrease in cereal production (durum, barley and bread wheat) primarily to the drought that affected various major grain producing areas, meanwhile western Algeria, was particularly affected (40 percent) by ice storms. Note, this is the third consecutive year that cereal production has been affected by drought.

According to Algeria's field crops institute, two-thirds of the 3.3 million hectares planted were harvested. As might be expected based on historical trends, farmers planted durum, barley, bread wheat and oats.

To compensate for the shortfall in domestic production, Algeria will most likely import especially if world market prices are still low. Algeria's Customs attributed the decline in cereal import bill to the decline in global market price.

Wheat

Market Begin

Jul 2014

Jul 2015

Jul 2016

Algeria

USDA

Official

New

Post

USDA

Official

New

Post

USDA

Official

New

Post

Area Harvested

1700

1700

2100

2100

2100

1300

Beginning

4676

4676

3768

3768

4393

4399

Production

1900

1900

2700

2700

2000

2000

MY Imports

7257

7257

8200

8181

8200

8000

TY Imports

7257

7257

8200

8181

8200

8000

TY Imp. from

135

135

69

168

0

160

Total Supply

13833

13833

14668

14649

14593

14399

MY Exports

15

15

25

0

25

0

TY Exports

15

15

25

0

25

0

Feed and

50

50

50

50

50

50

FSI

10000

10000

10200

10200

10400

10200

Total Conumption

10050

10050

10250

10250

10450

10250

Ending Stocks

3768

3768

4393

4399

4118

4149

Total

13833

13833

14668

14649

14593

14399


Barley

2014/2015

2015/2016

2016/2017

Market Begin

Jul 2014

Jul 2015

Jul 2016

Algeria

USDA

New

USDA

New

USDA

New

Official

Post

Official

Post

Official

Post

Area Harvested

800

800

1000

1000

1000

900

Beginning

1178

1178

1304

1304

1354

1204

Production

1300

1300

1300

1300

1000

1000

MY Imports

876

876

900

650

900

900

TY Imports

723

723

900

600

900

900

TY Imp. from

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total Supply

3354

3354

3504

3254

3254

3104

MY Exports

0

0

0

0

0

0

TY Exports

0

0

0

0

0

0

Feed and

1700

1700

1800

1700

1700

1700

FSI

350

350

350

350

350

350

Total

2050

2050

2150

2050

2050

2050

Ending Stocks

1304

1304

1354

1204

1204

1054

Total

3354

3354

3504

3254

3254

3104