Gulf States set conditions for return of Egyptian vegetables

Abdulhamid al-Demerdash, head of the Export Council of Egyptian Agricultural Crops, said that the end of the crisis in Egyptian agricultural exports to the Arab Gulf States is near. To make that possible, strict conditions will be enforced, limiting the supply process to those agricultural exporters accredited by the governmental bodies in Egypt.

He added that preparations are underway for the export of the first shipments to Saudi Arabia, following the visit of an Egyptian delegation to several Gulf countries in October last year, which resulted in big contracts being signed with both Saudi Arabia and the UAE. At the moment, they are also working to resume their export activities in Kuwait and other Arab countries.

This Egyptian delegation was formed by representatives from the Ministries of Irrigation, Agriculture, Trade and Industry, as well as by a high number of agricultural exporters.

The four Gulf States (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain) had banned Egyptian agricultural exports due to the detection of harmful pesticides, as well as the pollution of irrigation water.

The president of the Export Council said in previous press statements that they expect to sign export agreements amounting to 200 million dollars during the winter season, which represents 85% of the total agricultural exports.

Following the ban, the Egyptian Ministry of Trade, together with the Ministry of Agriculture, decided in May to subject the country's fresh agricultural exports to inspection procedures to ensure compliance with international standards and requirements.

Agricultural investors and exporters are seeking to save their projects, which have been hit by the embargo, as well as by the declining purchasing power of Egyptians.


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