Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Egypt is currently witnessing an increasing demand for its agricultural products. Due to years of investing to expand cultivation areas and to enhance the quality of its agricultural products to meet international standards for exportation purposes, the Egyptian agri products have seen increasing demand from the international market.
Although COVID-19 has led to numerous restrictions with the country’s regular consumers, but a new opportunity is now arising.
At the beginning of the pandemic, the exportations have seen a 10-15% drop, as some restrictions have been imposed by importing countries and some traders, due to COVID-19, have stopped shipping. However, once it got sorted out, the exports resume normally, and no Egyptian products have been affected, according to the report.
It also indicated that Egypt has exported 2.35 mln tonnes of fruits and vegetables in 2020’s first quarter, reflecting the same efficiency as in 2019. Oranges have had the lion share of Egypt agriculture exports, by about 1.2 mln tonnes.
The report added that for years Egypt has been competing with Spain to be the number one exporter of citrus fruits, but Egypt is now number one. Spain is now importing Egyptian oranges, which has created a new challenge for them, because Egyptian oranges have overshadowed Spain’s in price and quality.
Meanwhile, potatoes came in the second place on the Egyptian exporting list, by about 550,000 tonnes so far.
The report pointed out that Egypt is already taking all preventive measures against COVID-19, noting that Egyptian exporters were already disinfecting their workers daily before the crisis, and the only addition COVID-19 imposed is the face mask.