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The Central Department of Agricultural Quarantine at the Ministry of Agriculture of Egypt announced that the country’s fruit and vegetable exports in 2019 rother by 200,140 tons, reaching a record number of 5,235,140 tons, up from 5.35 million in 2018.
In October, the Central Administration of the Ministry of Agriculture issued a report which already showed a rise in Egypt’s fruit and vegetable exports, rising to 4 million and 800,000 tons since the beginning of the new export season of fruits and vegetables.
The crops exported included citrus fruits, potato, onion, grapes, grenade, garlic, mango, strawberry, green beans, guava, cucumber, bell pepper, and aubergine.
Head of the Central Department of Agricultural Quarantine at the Ministry of Agriculture Ahmed al-Attar stressed that these shipments were exported to the European Union in accordance with the international quality standards, affirming that the Egyptian agricultural products were exported to various countries without any obstacles.
Egypt has succeeded in opening new markets for agricultural crops, especially in China, the European Union and East Asian countries. That is in addition to Egypt’s success in lifting the ban on Egyptian agricultural exports in some countries, which confirms the safety of Egyptian procedures and the quality of the agricultural crops, former Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation Abdel Moneim el-Banna said.
The report explained that the total agricultural exports of citrus fruits amounted to about 1.8 million tons, and the exports of citrus fruits increased to reach $502 million during 2017-2018, compared to $446 million dollars during 2016-2017. In addition to this, Egypt exported about 688,000 tons of potatoes, ranking second in agricultural exports after citrus.
About 586,000 tons of onions were exported, ranking third on the exports list and grapes ranked fourth, followed by pomegranates in fifth.
Egypt’s garlic exports ranked sixth, while mango exports ranked seventh, followed by strawberries eighth, and beans ninth.
Guava ranked tenth in agricultural exports, cucumber ranked eleventh.