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Egypt: Agricultural exports up 13% in 2017-2018

Since ancient times, agriculture was relevant around the Nile river

Egypt's agricultural exports rose by 13 percent between September 2017 and April 2018 to reach 3.17 million tons, up from 2.80 million tons during the same period last year. In a monthly report released on Monday, Egypt's Agricultural Exports Council said that exports reached $1.59 billion, up from $1.53 billion last year, with an increase of 4 percent.

The overall exports from Egypt to Arab countries reached 1.28 million tons at around $680.96 million. Exports to the EU and the UK reached 645,530 tons at $421.54 million, while exports to European countries outside of the EU zone totalled 547,840 tons at $238.48 million.

Exports to Asian countries reached 296,920 tons at $159.16 million. Exports to the Americas and Australia totalled 16,841 tons at $21.74 million, while exports to African countries reached 16,110 tons at $12.19 million.

Egypt has been enforcing new regulations and inspection measures to ensure the quality of its agricultural exports. Earlier this month, Russia agreed to lift a ban on Egyptian potato exports from eight agricultural areas in the country, giving a green light for the resumption of trade starting 6 June. Egypt has introduced a new system under which crops are inspected several times while in the fields, after harvest, and after they are prepared for export.

According to english.ahram.org.eg, the Egyptian efforts have led to several Gulf countries, including Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, to lift bans on imports of fresh guava during the past few months. Talks on the resumption of trade in other Egyptian agricultural products, including strawberries, are still on the table with other countries, including Saudi Arabia.

Source : Freshplaza



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