Agriculture expert AKli Moussouni told Algerian website TSA that officials in the country are selling lies to people by claiming that Algeria produces 70% of its food needs.
“It is totally irresponsible to hide the truth. We import most of vegetable fat, sugar, processed products, almost all pulses, cereals, milk, meat … etc,” he said.
Moussouni deplored that more than 3 million hectares remain squandered in Algeria, noting that Algeria’s agri-food industry has never used domestically produced goods.
“Algeria’s agriculture does not produce goods that can be transformed,” he said, noting that the country’s agri-food factories rely on imported agricultural products.