Canada, one of the world’s largest exporters of barley, has reached the unusual state of importing barley from Europe after last year’s drought devastated its crops, Bloomberg reports.

The French port of Rouen will soon be loading its first barley cargo destined for Canada on the Federal Spey, a spokesman for the port operator said. The North American country has not imported significant quantities of barley from the European Union since the 2015-2016 season, according to official data.

Canada normally supplies barley on its own and was the world’s fifth largest exporter of barley in the 2020-2021 season, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). But last year’s Canadian barley crop fell by a third to its lowest level since 1960 after heat and drought devastated the plains. In addition, the drought has caused transactions to move to other grains, such as corn, according to Agerpres.ro.

In the case of barley, Canada’s poor harvest has added to a global supply deficit for these grains that are used in beer production and as animal feed, so the USDA predicts that world stocks will reach their lowest level in four decades. At the same time, beer producers are also facing rising costs for aluminum and labor, as well as transportation blockages, so that the price of beer has risen.

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