Egypt exporting strawberries to Canada and potatoes to Morocco for first time

Ahram Online , Thursday 11 Apr 2024

Egypt is exporting potatoes to Morocco and strawberries to Canada for the first time as the country ventures into new markets for its agricultural products.

File Photo: A farmer shows his harvested strawberry crop in a field in the Beheira governorate, north of Cairo, Egypt. Reuters


The Ministry of Agriculture said in a statement on Thursday that these measures will expand the country’s foreign currency reserves.

The Moroccan National Office of Food Safety (ONSSA) approved the importing of potatoes.

Meanwhile, Egyptian authorities finalized all technical requirements from the Canadian side for the export of fresh strawberries.

The ministry said the country’s agricultural exports are increasingly in demand across the globe due to their high quality.

Egypt exported more than 2.2 million tons of agricultural products at an approximate value of $1.5 billion during the first quarter of 2024, according to previous data by the agriculture ministry.

This constitutes an increase of $300 million compared to the same period last year.

The ministry said these hikes are taking place despite disruptions in supply chains as well as the Egyptian state’s ban on exporting specific products in order to support the national market.

Agriculture is Egypt’s second-largest export sector, with fresh and processed products bringing in $9 billion last year.

Egypt has opened new markets for exports, including commodity exports, over the past years to expand its foreign currency resources.

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