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Algeria Spent $122 Million Mechanizing Grain Output, APS Reports

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July 31 (Bloomberg) -- The Algerian Grain Office spent 10 billion dinars ($122 million) in the past three years to create a “motoculture” unit, according to the APS news agency, which cited the office’s general director, Nourdine Kehal.

The funds were used to buy 1,250 combine harvesters, 350 tractors and more than 1,000 seeders, Kehal said, state-run APS reported yesterday.

The office also plans to equip a grain area of 500,000 hectares with supplemental irrigation systems “in the short term,” up from currently equipped 95,000 hectares out of the total 3.3 million hectares reserved for grain production, Kehal said.

The North African country plans to increase the irrigated areas to 1.6 million hectares by 2014 from the current 1.1 million hectares, he was cited by APS as saying.

To contact the reporter on this story: Salah Slimani in Algiers at sslimani2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Carpenter at ccarpenter2@bloomberg.net

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