The Ministry of Agriculture confirmed that Egypt was able to surpass South Africa as the main exporter of oranges to the European Union (EU), according to a new report issued by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture on citrus fruits imports.
According to the report, Egypt exported during the current season – from September 2020 until July 2021 – nearly 310,000 tons of oranges to the EU, an increase of 21.7%, compared to the same period during the previous season 2019-2020.
In turn, the Minister of Agriculture Al-Sayed el-Quseir announced that Egypt’s agricultural exports had risen to more than 4.6 million tons, during the period from January 1 to September 8.
El-Quseir explained that Egypt’s exports amounted to 4.61 million tons of agricultural products during the period, adding that the most important agricultural exports for this period included citrus, potatoes, onions, strawberries, pomegranates, potatoes, beans, beets, guavas, peppers, mangoes, garlic, grapes, peaches, and watermelon.
He added that the total agricultural exports of citrus reached 1.84 million tons, in addition to 620,076 tons of potatoes, which ranked second in agricultural exports after citrus fruits.
Up to 523,439 tons of Fodder beet were also exported, occupying the third place in exports, while onions ranked fourth in agricultural exports with a total of 201,931 tons.
Grapes ranked fifth in exports with a total of 140,731 tons, and potatoes exports sixth with a total amount of 49,509 tons. Egypt’s exports of beans ranked seventh with a total of 20,780 tons, followed by strawberries with a total of 19,342 tons, in eighth place.
Garlic ranked ninth in exports, with a total amount of 18,54 tons, and pomegranate ranked tenth in agricultural exports with a total of 13,736 tons. Mango ranked 11th with a total of 12,676 tons, and guava ranked 12th with 9,382 tons.
Finally, Watermelon came in thirteenth spot with a total of 8,370 tons, while bell pepper came at the end of the list with a total of 6882 tons.