The overall import bill for the main food products increased by more than 17% in the first four months of 2017 compared to the same period of 2016, notably for milks and derivatives and meat, the APS To the Customs.
For example, imports of milk and dairy products amounted to $ 545.25 million in the first four months of 2017 (compared with $ 311.85 million in the first four months of 2016), an increase of Almost 75%.
Meat imports were $ 96.65 million ($ 72.22 million), an increase of almost 34%.
As for sugar and sugar, the import bill was $ 293.71 million ($ 244.62 million), up nearly 20.1%.
The import bill for coffee and tea was $ 128.22 million ($ 108.22 million), a jump of nearly 18.5%.
Pulse and other vegetables were imported at $ 133.72 million ($ 128.74 million), up almost 4%.
However, the import bill for cereals, meal and flour fell slightly to $ 949.1 million (versus almost $ 968 million), down nearly 2%.
As a result, the import bill for these six products increased to $ 2.14 billion over the first four months of 2017 from $ 1.83 billion in the same period of 2016 (+ 17.07%).
As for the overall food import bill, it was $ 2.82 billion over the first 4 months of 2017, up 7.8% from $ 2.62 billion in the same period of 2016.