Ethiopia eyes more milling wheat
November 11, 2017 – by Eric Schroeder
WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — Ethiopia in late October announced another tender for 400,000 tonnes of milling wheat, this time for use in the government’s bread subsidy program. Bids are due by Nov. 28, with delivery expected by early next year, according to a Nov. 1 Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report filed by the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Earlier in October Ethiopia issued a tender for 400,000 tonnes of milling wheat for use in humanitarian assistance programs throughout the country. Bids on that tender were due Oct. 24, with delivery expected by February 2018.
The USDA indicated that the most recent tendered amount will be divided into four lots of 100,000 tonnes.
The primary source for the wheat is expected to be the Black Sea region, the USDA said, noting that the region “is generally the least expensive on the international market.”
As of late October, Ethiopia had imported approximately 850,000 tonnes of milling wheat in 2017, the USDA said. The total included approximately 150,000 tonnes of U.S. wheat food aid, valued at about $28 million.