The Egyptian exporter Al Habony for Agricultural Imports and Exports has shipped its first containers of various fresh products to Ghana and Guinea, announced Abdelkader Habony, Director of the group.
"More and more African countries are turning to Egypt for their agricultural produce needs, thanks to our lower production costs and the good season we had in Egypt for many crops. We continue to strengthen our position in the North African market, with our shipments to Morocco and Tunisia, which have increased this year, and to introduce new African markets every year," said Abdelkader.
According to the exporter: "The volumes exported to African countries remain shy, but very promising as a start. The majority of our exports traditionally go to Eastern Europe and the rest of the European countries, and their demand has also increased this year."
On the reasons for the popularity of Egyptian agricultural products, Abdelkader explains "There is the quality of course, but the price remains a determining factor. Despite the global inflation, we have managed to keep average prices at the same level as last season, except for some products that have experienced a decline in volume."
Egypt benefits from lower production costs compared to its competitors in the region, a devaluation of the local currency decided at the beginning of the year, which favors exports, as well as good climatic conditions favorable to most crops grown in the country.
"The Egyptian products most in demand are garlic, onions, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, strawberries, and citrus", adds Abdelkader, "We have less volume of onions and garlic compared to last year, but we have the rest of general fresh produce in abundant quantities," he concludes.
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