Egypt cultivates 620,000 feddans of beets to produce 1.8 mln tons of sugar in 2023: Supply ministry

Habiba Hamdy , Thursday 16 Feb 2023

Egypt cultivated 620,000 feddans of sugar beets this year – up by 10,000 feddans in 2022 – and targets to produce 1.8 million tons of sugar from beets in 2023, said the Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade on Wednesday.

File Photo: Sugar. Al-Ahram


The figures are part of a report on the preparations of sugar beet companies and factories for production operations this year, a statement by the official ministry spokesperson Ahmed Kamal said.

Moselhi pointed out that sugar production from sugar beet and sugarcane factories will collectively cover 90 percent of domestic consumption of the strategic commodity.

The ministry pumps up to 120,000 tons of sugarcane and sugar beet monthly into the ration system, amounting to 4,000 tons of sugar per day, Moselhi revealed.

Last week, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi stated that the country is committed to providing strategic goods despite the hard economic conditions and high costs, ordering the allocation of $1.8 billion to support the reserves of basic commodities.  

On the same day, during the opening ceremony of the second stage of the Silo Foods Industries City in Sadat City in Menoufiya governorate, Moselhi stated that there has been an increase in beet cultivation to compensate for shortages in sugar cane, adding that the supply ministry's sugar reserves are enough for 3.5 months. 


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