Algerian cereal harvest triples

A report issued by the Algerian Agriculture Ministry showed that the country has produced nearly 6 million tons of cereals in 2009, almost three times more than last year, APS reported.
This year's production rise was made possible by good rains and new financial incentives from the government, the ministry said. Those incentives have included soft loans for farmers and subsidies for fertilizers and high-yielding seeds. Last year, the government also said it would almost double the price it pays farmers for their grain as part of efforts to boost domestic output.
I find this news interesting because it illustrates the availability of additional food supply with high enough prices (or in this case, high enough subsidies). We really aren't butting up against Malthusian/Ehrlichian resource constraints on food production yet.

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