Egypt aims to secure a second bumper crop of oranges this season in order to keep its spot as the world’s leading exporter of the citrus fruit. The nation has been rapidly expanding its citrus production over the last decade, but a final 10% boost in the allocated planting area for oranges last year pushed Egypt ahead of its main competitor Spain in the export market with around 1.7 million tons shipped out.
Agricultural products are one of Egypt’s largest export sectors, but quality issues have in the past led to the loss of key buyers. The World Bank estimates that Egypt only realizes 30%-40% of its export potential across key agricultural commodities and that around $10 billion in food exports remains untapped.
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