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Second year in a row

Egypt tops list of countries exporting oranges

For the second year in a row, Egypt has topped the list of countries that export oranges, with exports totaling 1.7 million tons in 2019, accounting for 38 percent of the global exports of oranges in 2019. This is according to numbers from the ASWAQ Financial company.

Egypt planted upwards of 12 million orange trees with a production capacity of 3.4 million tons of oranges, a three percent increase when compared to numbers in 2018.

Aswaq explained that farmers had boosted efforts to plant orange trees to meet global demand for the citrus fruit, taking advantage of the climate in Egypt, which is conducive to growing orange trees.

Egypt increased the orange trees planted by 44 percent, or 1.05 million tons, during the past ten years, compared to 2.4 million tons recorded in 2009.

Spain, which ranked first among countries exporting oranges before 2018, came in second in 2019, after traders reduced the volume of orange exports amid orange prices falling by 23 percent, standing between 12 and 18 cents per kilo.

Egypt’s exports were valued at $US 662 million in 2019, increasing by two percent compared to $US 646 million recorded the previous year.


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