Egypt to import meat from India, African countries

Ahram Online , Thursday 8 Jun 2023

The Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade announced on Thursday that Egypt inked deals with India, Sudan, Uganda, Djibouti, and Tanzania to import live and frozen meat as a means of expanding its supply sources.

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Minister of Supply and Internal Trade, Ali Moselhi, stated that this move would help fulfil citizens' demands at prices below the market rate since local meat prices have been increasing due to the global food crisis.

The scarcity of feed has been blamed for the surge in meat prices in Egypt, causing market issues and concerns for buyers.

As a result, the government is seeking to broaden its meat sources to alleviate supply shortages.


The supply minister announced that 1,000 tons of frozen meat from India will arrive this month, and Egypt will import 25,000 cattle from the other countries.

Moselhi also mentioned that Sudan and Djibouti will supply Egypt with 5,000 and 10,000 cattle heads, respectively, in the near future.

He added that Egypt is also anticipating the arrival of 5,000 live sheep from Tanzania and 5,000 frozen lambs from Uganda.

Egypt is also set to receive 5,000 tons of frozen meat from Brazil as per previous agreements.

On Monday, the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation declared that Egypt would import 170,000 cattle to prepare for this year's Eid Al-Adha, which falls at the end of June.

As per Islamic tradition, many Egyptians slaughter sheep, goats, or cows during this holiday to provide food for their families and give to the less fortunate.

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