According to officials, despite fears of supply shortages and price increases because of the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, there are no shortages in Jordan’s wheat stock.
Anwar Ajarmeh, Jordan’s General Company for Silos and Supply Chairman, said that the Kingdom’s storage of imported wheat is “comfortable” and could supply the local market for 15 months.
On Tuesday, Ajarmeh told reporters in the region that the country’s barley reserves could meet the demand for the local market for another 11 months. 858,000 tons are stored in the company’s silos and pits, and the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Supply, out of the country’s 1.388 million tons.
Jordan imports 95 percent of its wheat needs, and he warned that a prolonged Russian-Ukrainian conflict and the accompanying congestion in global supply chains necessitate the Kingdom’s search for alternatives, according to Ajarmeh.
Highlighting the fact that the Russia-Ukraine war has no immediate impact on Jordan’s wheat imports, the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Supply noted that 90 percent of Jordan’s annual wheat imports come from Romania.
According to Nael Kabariti, chairman of the Jordan Chamber of Commerce, Jordan has only imported wheat from Ukraine twice in the past two years and “only in small amounts.” Kabariti added that Jordan imports sunflower oil and corn from Ukraine, though it can turn to Malaysia and Indonesia for alternative supplies, should there be a disruption.