Lebanon plans to purchase 50,000 tons of wheat amid concerns on wheat supply over the Russian military intervention in Ukraine.
Lebanon imports around 60% of its wheat needs from Ukraine and Russia.
“We asked the government to buy quantities of imported wheat for the production of bread as part of efforts to protect the country’s food security,” Economy Minister Amin Salam said.
“Around 50-60% of our wheat imports come from Ukraine and Russia, in addition to other quantities from Romania and neighboring countries in the region,” he added.
The Lebanese minister said the US, Canada, and India “are among the major countries that can help Lebanon, in the event of crises in the countries from which we import,” without giving further details.
Lebanon needs around 40,000-50,000 tons of wheat to meet the local market needs.
Both Ukraine and Russia are among the world’s wheat exporters.