Egyptian agricultural exports increase by 600 tonnes in less than a year

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According to Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Egypt’s agricultural exports totaled more than 5.2 million tonnes from January to November 2021. This is an increase of around 600 tonnes from the same period the previous year.

Egypt exports 350 different agricultural products to more than 150 countries around the world. Citrus fruits, potatoes, onions, strawberries, pomegranates, potatoes, beans, beets, guavas, peppers, mangoes, garlic, grapes and watermelon were among Egyptian agricultural exports.

Citrus fruits were the biggest exported product, with 1.8 million tonnes, followed by potatoes with 620,769 tonnes, according to Agriculture and Land Planning Minister Sayyed Quseir.

Egyptian Agriculture Minister Sayyed Quseir announced that the country’s export earnings increased significantly in 2021. Photo: Supplied / Food For Mzansi

Egypt is the world’s largest supplier of citrus fruits. Oranges represent over 80% of total citrus production in Egypt.

The Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture has developed a strategy based on three main axes to stimulate agricultural exports: the creation of new markets in new countries, quality control and sensitization of farmers.

In order to produce a complete digital map of export farms, the ministry also plans to implement a new farm automation and coding system across the country.

With the use of the most sophisticated technology, such as elevating farm coordinates using GPS, this digital map results in a comprehensive farm database.

Technical guidelines for proper farming practices, as well as unique requirements for countries importing Egyptian agricultural products, are also available through the system.

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