Agriculture Minister Ezzeddin Abu Steit said on Monday that sugar crop production in Egypt this season hit 2.48 million tons, marking an increase of about 320,500 tons compared to the previous year.
In a statement, Abu Steit said the cultivated area of sugar cane amounted to about 248,200 feddans, an increase of 5,500 feddans compared to the previous year.
The minister said the cultivated area for sugar beet crop hit 584,580 feddans, an increase of 104,800 feddans compared to the previous year.
He said the average production of sugar cane also increased from 33.8 tons per feddan to 34.8 tons per feddan.
The minister said the increase in the cultivated area of sugar beet led to the increase of the production of fodder by about 150,000 tons followed by a similar increase in the quantity of molasses that reached profits of EGP 800 million.