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Egypt: Onion third most exported crop after citrus and potatoes

The Central Administration for Agricultural Quarantine stated that onion exports recorded this year until November 4, 370,512 tons to be the third most exported crop by Egypt following citrus and potato, respectively.

In a similar context, Egypt ranked third globally in 2019 in the exports of dried onion with a total of 13.6 tons.

The Egyptian onion exports in 2019 reached $ 30.4 million, representing 8.1% of the total global exports of dried onions in 2019, according to data released by the UN's International Trade Center (ITC).

India comes first with exports amounting to $118 million while the US comes second with $79-million-dollar.

The Netherlands (29%), Germany (25%), Japan (13%), the US (4%) and Croatia (4%) are Egypt's top dried onion importers.

Egypt’s agricultural sector contributes to the gross domestic product (GDP) by 14 percent, representing 28 percent of job opportunities and 55 percent of rural employment in Egypt, Minister of International Cooperation Rania Al-Mashat said in July.

The returns of agricultural exports increased by 20 percent in 2019 compared to 2009, and vegetable exports increased by 40 percent over the same period reports

The administration affiliated to the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation pointed out that the exports of grapes, garlic, strawberry, grenade, and green beans rose by 10-30 percent in 2020 compared to 2019.

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