Egypt to export citrus to Philippines in start of agricultural cooperation

Ahram Online , Tuesday 6 Dec 2022

Egypt and the Philippines have signed a protocol allowing Egyptian citrus access to the Philippine market, thus inaugurating cooperation between the two countries in the agricultural field, a statement by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

File Photo: A worker collects oranges harvested at a farm in El Nobaria, northeast of Cairo, Egypt December 23, 2020. December 23, 2020. REUTERS


The cooperation, which is a result of two years of joint efforts undertaken by the Egyptian Embassy in Manila in collaboration with the Egyptian Agriculture Export Council and the Agricultural Quarantine, aims to open the Philippine market gradually to Egyptian agricultural crops, the statement quoted Egypt ambassador to the Philippines Ahmed Seif El-Din as saying. 

Egypt is expected to export other vegetables and fruits such as potatoes and grapes to the Philippines and welcomes importing Philippine agricultural crops, known for their high quality and relatively cheaper prices, according to Sei El-Din.

Egypt is the world’s leading orange exporter at a volume of about two two million.million tons annually, according to government figures.  

Egyptian agriculture exports exceeded 4.7 million tons between 1 January and 14 September 2022.

On Friday, Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation El-Sayed El-Quseir announced that the Philippines has opened its market to Egyptian agricultural products for the first time.

last week, a Philippine delegation visited Egypt and signed an export protocol with the agriculture ministry. 

The protocol was signed after finalising the procedures that guarantee botanical health in alignment with international standards, according to an agriculture ministry statement.

The success of the negotiations is one of the fruits of the new coding mechanism currently being implemented by the quarantine administration, the statement stressed.

The Philippine delegation praised the mechanism for monitoring exports from Egypt, according to the statement.

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