Record harvests – Algeria boosting grain production

Algeria’s determined efforts to boost grain production are starting to reap rewards, with record harvests last year and strong yields in 2010 helping to cut import costs and provide secure employment in rural areas. However, the country’s goal of food self-sufficiency still appears some way off.

Since 2008 the state has stepped up its efforts to increase output, combining subsidies on supplies such as seeds and pesticides with a rigid price floor for crops and a programme to improve irrigation…read more

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