This weekend, head of the Union for Producers and Exporters of Horticultural Crops (UPEHC), Mohamed Heggi, announced that Egypt’s exports of potatoes this year have dropped by 25 percent. Egypt exported 673,000 tons of potatoes this year, falling short of the target for 850,000 tons. The main cause of this is the COVID crisis and its impact on exports in general.
Despite this, Heggi noted that Egypt remains second in global potato exports, adding that total production of the planting periods totaled 408,000 feddans of potatoes, with the largest amount cultivated being the winter planting period which sees production reach three million tons.
The UPEHC should set a unified price for exporting potatoes, he said, so that none of the exporters will reduce the prices and cause complications.