TRIPOLI, Oct 13 (Reuters) - Libya plans to import 270,000 tonnes of barley this year and has so far imported 40,000 tonnes of that total, a local news agency quoted the state bank instructed to make the purchase as saying.
“The General Popular Committee (government) has tasked Azzirae Bank with importing 270,000 tonnes of barley during 2010,” the Libyapress news agency quoted Abdesalam Ouweidate, head of the lending department at Azzirae Bank, as saying.
He said 40,000 tonnes had already been imported and another consignment of the same size is scheduled to arrive before the end of October, the agency reported.
The banker was quoted as saying that oil exporter Libya had been forced to increase its barley imports because a drought hit its domestic crop. (Writing by Lamine Ghanmi; editing by Elizabeth Fullerton)