Egypt to import rice for first time in decades

Egypt will start importing rice, a crop it has exported for decades.

The government has recently decided to reduce local cultivation of water-intensive crops and imposed hefty fines for illegal rice growing.

Cairo is worried that its share of the Nile water will be reduced by the Renaissance Dam, which Ethiopia is constructing upstream.

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said his government would increase rice supplies in order to avoid any shortages in the market.

By Emmanuel Emeaba


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