Last week, Ahmed al-Attar, Head of the Central Department of Agricultural Quarantine at the Agriculture Ministry said that citrus fruits and potatoes are the most exported types of produce in Egypt for 2018. He also claimed that Egypt is ranked second in citrus exports worldwide.
During an interview, Attar added that Egypt has exported nearly 1.7 million tons of citrus since the beginning of 2018 until this moment, while it exported nearly 800,000 tons of potatoes in the same time period. Egypt is continuing to progress in the export of citrus and vegetables, Attar said.
Egypt exported 4.4 million tons of agricultural products in the period from January-November 2018, an increase of 316,652 tons compared to 2017, according to a report released by Egypt’s Ministry of Agriculture in November.
The report added that Egypt has exported 2.9 million tons of crops, including citrus, potatoes, onions, strawberries, beans, peppers, cucumbers, pomegranate, eggplant, mango, garlic, guava and grapes.
Egyptindependent.com reported on a meeting between Agriculture Minister Ezz El-Din Abu Steit and the World Bank in September, where the latter offered Egypt a flexible loan of $500 million, intended to develop irrigation fields and value chains for vegetables, fruits, medical and aromatic plants, and flowers.