Egyptian grape growers are experiencing quite a profitable season as the pandemic has raised demand from European importers. Owners of vineyards in Egypt seem to have struck gold this season with growing demand from European importers. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a game-changer for Egyptian growers; not only those of grapes but also potatoes, citrus and onions.
According to Ahmed al-Attar, head of the Ministry of Agriculture’s Central Administration for Plant Quarantine, exports of grapes, garlic, strawberries, pomegranates and beans rose as much as 30% in 2020, year-on-year. Egypt's trade balance deficit narrowed by 8.6% to $3.30 billion in June 2020, down from $3.61 billion in the same month a year earlier.
The European Union was the largest importer of Egypt's agricultural exports between September 2019 and June 2020, accounting for 971,000 tons worth $694 million, the General Organization for Import and Export Control said in a statement.
Al-monitor.com reports how grape exports rose to $128.3 million in June from $62.8 million in May, according to the state-run Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics. Only 2% of Egypt's farmland produces grapes.