Pagina Siete reports:
ACCORDING TO A REPORT OF 11 YEARS MADE BY IBCE
Wheat production reached 1.8 million tons
Wheat production increases, but the country still has to import both the grain and flour to meet domestic demand.
According to a report by the Bolivian Institute of Foreign Trade (IBCE), the production of wheat grain totaled 1.8 million tons between 2002 and 2013.
In 2013, the numbers reached 227 thousand tons, 56% more than recorded in 2012.
This growth was possible despite a slight decrease in cultivated area by increasing the yield obtained per hectare, which increased by 57%.
The cultivated area between 2012 and 2013 reached 158,020 hectares, down from 159,322 hectares in 2011-2012.
Production has improved in recent years, but with a sharp decline between 2011 and 2012, when only 145,862 tons was reached.
Until 2003, the supply was only 107,633 tons.
Imports of wheat grain between 2002 and 2013 was 1.6 million tons, worth $332 million.
During the first half of 2014, foreign purchases of grain totaled $50 million, an amount that represents a 70% increase on the same period in 2013.
The main suppliers are the United States, with $45.3 million dollars; Argentina, with $2.3 million; Uruguay with $2.1 million, and Mexico, with $118,000.
On the other hand, the import of wheat flour reached in the first half of 2014 the sum of $33 million, an increase of 92%.
Argentina sold the country a production of 29 million; Peru, 2.4 million; Uruguay, 1.8 million, and Paraguay $15,571. While other countries worth $13,974 was brought.
With imports both grain and flour, bread, noodles and other products are produced.