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Heat Wave, Fires Impacting Tunisia's Grain Harvest
USAgNet - 06/29/2022

A heat wave and fires are wrecking Tunisia's grain harvest, and the farmers union forecasts output will fall well short of government hopes. The North African country is already struggling with the higher cost of food imports because of the war in Ukraine.

According to Reuters, Tunisia was counting on a big crop to reduce grain imports amid a financial crisis worsened by the Ukraine war.

Higher prices of imported food and energy will cost the budget $1.7 billion this year, according to the government, which subsidises such supplies.

The farmers' union and experts say the crop also is suffering direct damage from high temperatures, which have already reached 117 Fahrenheit this summer.

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