May 18, 2020 / 11:16 AM / 18 days ago

Drought cuts Romania wheat, has surplus to feed Egypt tenders

BUCHAREST, May 18 (Reuters) - Romania’s wheat output is expected to fall sharply this year due to prolonged drought, but the Black Sea exporter should amass a robust surplus to offer in Egypt’s international grain tenders, farmers and experts said on Monday.

European Union’s second-largest grain seller Romania is a major cereals seller to the Middle East, along with France and Russia, with Egypt its key buyer.

Romania harvested a record wheat crop of about 10 million tonnes last year from 2.1 million hectares, and farmers and traders now expect it to reap about 5 to 7.4 million tonnes. (Reporting by Radu Marinas; Editing by Jon Boyle)

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