Egypt's agricultural exports hit 3.5 mln tonnes since January 2022: Agriculture minister

Nada Nader, Sunday 12 Jun 2022

Egypt’s agricultural exports reached 3.5 million tonnes from January till 11 June 2022, the Agriculture Minister El-Sayed El-Quseir announced on Sunday after receiving a report from the head of the Central Administration of Plant Quarantine.

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El-Quseir said that Egypt is exporting its surplus of agricultural products in return for foreign currency, adding that citrus, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, strawberries, sweet potatoes, beans, garlic, and watermelon topped the list of exported products.

He said that the total agriculture exports reached nearly 1.5 million tonnes, in addition to nearly 747,000 tonnes of fresh potatoes to occupy second place in agricultural exports after citrus.

Annual exports of Egyptian food increased by 19 percent in 2021, recording $4.1 billion, in comparison to $3.45 billion in 2020, Chairman of the Food Export Council Hany Barzy said in February.

In August, the agriculture minister stated that Egypt exports 350 different agriculture products to more than 150 countries.

El-Quseir emphasised that agriculture is responsible for the employment of 25 percent of the country’s labour force, adding that the agriculture sector's contribution increased to more than 15 percent of Egypt's GDP.

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