“Larger shipments of garlic should get going in the first week of February”

In just a few weeks, the Egyptian fresh garlic season will truly kick off. More volumes are expected for the current season, so it’s good news that demand seems to be stable at the moment. Although prices are high right now, it is expected the price for garlic will decrease once the season starts.

According to Ralph Nakal, of Egyptian produce exporter Tomna, a good season is expected for garlic this year: “In general, the garlic in the field this year is of very good quality. Currently the weather is very cold compared to last year, which is good for bulb formation. We expect better quality garlic this year, but we can’t fully judge them until the actual harvest of fresh garlic gets started.”

Tomna has expanded its garlic cultivation to increase volumes, but also on a national level there should be more garlic from Egypt, Nakhal states. “In terms of volumes, there should be higher quantities of fresh garlic than last year. Our company, for example, has massively expanded our garlic cultivation to better supply the clients we serve worldwide. And the garlic will find destinations, as demand is very stable at the moment. Of course, it’s difficult to estimate what demand will be like in the future, but we should have no problem selling the larger volumes of garlic.”

Once the season really kicks off, garlic prices are expected to move away from the current high price point. “Right now, the prices for garlic are very high. However, we expect these prices to decrease in the upcoming weeks, when the season really starts. It should be a very challenging year in terms of shipping the products to our clients. Freight rates are still very high when transporting via both air and sea, which in turn affects the prices for our clients. Currently, we’re shipping small quantities of green fresh garlic via air. Larger shipments via sea towards Europe and Russia should really get going in the first week of February.” Nakhal concludes.

For more information:
Ralph Nakhal
Tomna for Agricultural Investment
Mobile: +20 100 2717 275
Email: ralph@tomna.farm 

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