U.S. wheat sold to Sudan

by Emily Wilson
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WASHINGTON — The first sale of U.S. wheat to Sudan in 10 years was confirmed recently by U.S. Wheat Associates. It was the first sale to Sudan since President Clinton eased the trade sanctions on food and medicine last spring.

"This is a potentially important market for us, and the U.S. wheat industry has worked hard to reestablish ties with Sudanese millers," Dick Prior, U.S. Wheat's vice-president for the Middle East and East Africa, said of the sale of 31,000 tonnes of U.S. hard red winter wheat.

Australia and Canada have become the top suppliers of wheat to Sudan since the trade sanctions. Wheat consumption in Sudan is pegged at a little over 1 million tonnes annually.