Lebanon economy minister says has flour to last four months

BEIRUT: Lebanon has 32,000 tonnes of flour in addition to 110,000 tonnes that has arrived or will arrive in the coming two weeks, the economy minister said on Wednesday (Aug 12).

"This means we have enough for four months," Raoul Nehme said in a tweet.

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The World Food Programme is also sending 17,000 tonnes of flour as a first batch of a 50,000-tonne supply plan.

A UN report on Tuesday said Lebanon only had six week's supply.

"We don't have a stock crisis or a bread crisis!" Nehme tweeted.

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FILE PHOTO: Lebanese Economy Minister Raoul Nehme arrives to attend the cabinet meeting at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon Jan 22, 2020. (REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir/File Photo)

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A Reuters report last Friday found the Lebanese government, unlike many wheat import dependent nations, had not kept a strategic stockpile of wheat and all the private stocks of the grain held in the Beirut grain silo at the port were destroyedRead More – Source