President Abdel Fattah El Sisi urged concerned state agencies to enhance food security from strategic crops, support the competitiveness of Egyptian agricultural products locally and internationally, link agricultural production with related industries, and provide more direct and indirect job opportunities in many fields.
These directives came during a Monday meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Al-Sayed Al-Qasir and Nevin Gamea, the Minister of Trade and Industry.
“Sisi followed up on the Egyptian agricultural export system,” said Presidency Spokesperson Bassam Rady.
The president also asked the officials to integrate the efforts and plans of the state’s joint work sectors in the field of agricultural production, to achieve the maximum possible productive and economic efficiency of the state’s resources available in this sector.
During the meeting, the position of Egyptian agricultural exports was reviewed, which includes 350 diversified agricultural products that are exported to more than 150 countries around the world, including Arab and European countries.
Egyptian exports recorded an unprecedented boom during the year 2021, amounting to about 5.6 million tons with a value of about $3 billion. In addition to other exports of processed and packaged agricultural products, Egypt became the world’s first exporter of citrus.
In this regard, the Minister of Agriculture reviewed the developments of the current wheat harvest season in light of the measures taken by the state to enhance the productivity of the wheat crop by increasing the cultivated areas by about 250 thousand acres, in integration with the national project for silos, which supported the state’s ability to enhance strategic storage capacity, in addition to increasing supply prices and adding an exceptional incentive to maximize the material and economic revenue for farmers and peasants.