Summary Box: Egypt's wheat mired in politics as government claims dramatic leap in harvest

GRAIN OF TRUTH? Early in Egypt’s wheat harvest President Mohammed Morsi said the crop would be 30 per cent higher than last year, and the country is on track to be self-sufficient in the grain.

SHORTFALL: Now experts and famers doubt the harvest will meet the predictions. That could put a strain on the state, as it cuts wheat imports to save dwindling foreign currency reserves.

THRESHING IT OUT: bread has become mired in politics as Morsi nears the end of the first year in office. Recently Egypt has faced fuel shortages, water and electricity cuts and rising food prices.