Egypt's agricultural exports up 13% in 2017/18 season
Ahram Online, , Monday 18 Jun 2018

Egypt’s agricultural exports rose by 13 percent between September 2017 and April 2018 to reach 3.165 million tonnes, up from 2.802 million tonnes during the same period last year.

In a monthly report released on Monday, Egypt’s Agricultural Exports Council said that agricultural exports reached $1.594 billion, up from $1.534 billion last year, with an increase of 4 percent.

The overall exports from Egypt to Arab countries reached 1.278 million tonnes at around $680.964 million.

Exports to the EU and the UK reached 645,530 tonnes at $421.54 million, while exports to European countries outside of the EU zone totalled 547,840 tonnes at $238.48 million.

Exports to Asian countries reached 296,920 tonnes at $159.16 million.

Exports to the Americas and Australia totalled 16,841 tonnes at $21.74 million, while exports to African countries reached 16,110 tonnes at $12.19 million.

Egypt has been enforcing new regulations and inspection measures to ensure the quality of its agricultural exports.

Earlier this month, Russia agreed to lift a ban on Egyptian potato exports from eight agricultural areas in the country, giving a green light for the resumption of trade starting 6 June.

Russia had implemented the ban following what it said was brown rot contamination.

Egypt has introduced a new system under which crops are inspected several times while in the fields, after harvest, and after they are prepared for export.

The Egyptian efforts have led to several Gulf countries, including Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, to lift bans on imports of fresh guava during the past few months.

Talks on the resumption of other Egyptian agricultural products, including strawberries, are still on the table with other countries including Saudi Arabia.