Egypt stepping up grape and tangerine exports to Russia

Egypt has significantly increased the export of agricultural products to Russia and continues to increase shipments due to the continuing counter-sanctions, said RIA Novosti Deputy head of the Committee of the Egyptian Parliament on agriculture Hisham al-Husri.

Four years ago, on 6 August 2014 the President of Russia Vladimir Putin forbade import to Russia of certain agricultural products, raw materials and food from countries that have applied sanctions against Russia: the US, EU States, Canada, Australia and Norway. A ban was placed on meat, sausages, fish and seafood, vegetables, fruits, dairy products.

"We want to use the counter-sanctions that Russia imposed against European Union countries, as the Russian market is crucial for Egypt along with the Chinese," said the Agency interlocutor.
On the first of August, the Egyptian authorities published data on the export of agricultural products for the period from September 2017 to May 2018, according to which Russia became the main buyer of Egyptian fruit and vegetables, ahead of Saudi Arabia and the EU. During this period, Egypt has sent agricultural products for the sum more than 307 million dollars to Russia.

At the same time, according to the Egyptian Deputy, the supply of agricultural products to Russia by the end of 2018, could grow by 25% compared with 2017. "The Council on exports of agricultural products subject is engaged in the Russian market with the aim of increasing the supply. It is obvious that the demand for vegetables and fruits in Russia is growing," said al-Husri.

According to al-Husri, the Egyptian producers have significantly increased the supply of grapes and tangerines.

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