On Wednesday, the Central Administration of Agricultural Quarantine at Egypt’s Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation issued a statement on the volumes of garlic, bell pepper and eggplant exported between January 1 and August 12, 2020.
Garlic exports hit 33,000 tons, while those of bell pepper and eggplant recorded 2,306 tons and 915 tons, respectively.
Egypttoday.com notes that Egypt's exports of vegetables and fruits surpass 5 million tons per year. The COVID-19 crisis did not take its toll of such exports as Egyptian products have been keeping flowing into the United States, the European Union, Russia, New Zealand, Australia, and others.
The cabinet plans to boost agricultural exports in FY2020/2021 by entering new markets through grapes, citrus, and garlic. Targeted markets are Southeast Asia, Canada, and a number of African and Latin American countries.
The government wants to increase agricultural exports in the current fiscal year to 6.75 million tons from 5.58 million tons in FY2018/2019. The agricultural exports revenues in FY2019/2020 are estimated at LE2.48 billion and is planned to grow by 5-10 percent to record LE2.6-2.7 billion.