Beirut blast has caused food security concern in Lebanon

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Beirut blast has caused food security concern in Lebanon

Wheat destroyed in the blast

Thursday, 6th August 2020

Beirut blast which destroyed main grain silo at Beirut has caused food security concern in Lebanon. The nation is left with grain reserves for less than one month while the requirement is for three months, the economy minister stated on Wednesday.


The blast has wrecked the entrance for food imports in the country with population of over 6 million.

Raoul Nehme said that the food reserves are “a bit less than a month”.


Ahmed Tamer, Tripoli port’s director said that the capacity of the Beirut silo was 120,000 tonnes of grain. The second biggest port in Tripoli of Lebanon, does not have grain storage facilities but transport of wheat could be possible to warehouses within 2 km, he added.


The Beirut held around 15,000 tonnes of wheat during the blast, wheat importers union’s head Ahmed Hattit reported to Al-Akhbar newspaper. A month and a half’s demand for wheat flour can be met and four ships carrying 28,000 tonnes of wheat were yet to dock at the port, he added.


An economy ministry official said to LBCI news channel that an attempt being made by Lebanon to immediately transport 25,000 tonnes of flour in four vessels to the port in Tripoli .



Source: India Today 

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