EGYPT – Egypt has ventured into new markets, exporting potatoes to Morocco and strawberries to Canada for the first time.

The Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Elsayed Al-Qasir, proudly announced the successful entry of Egyptian potatoes into the Moroccan market.

This achievement marks a milestone in Egypt’s efforts to broaden its global market reach for agricultural products, aiming to strengthen the nation’s economy by boosting cash reserves.

The Egyptian Ministry’s official statement revealed that the Moroccan agricultural authorities (ONSSA) have granted approval for the import of Egyptian potatoes, as confirmed by Saad Moussa, supervisor of the Egyptian Agricultural Quarantine.

With this approval in place, Egypt can promptly commence exporting potatoes to Morocco, thereby diversifying its agricultural export portfolio.

Furthermore, Egyptian authorities have completed all necessary technical requirements from Canada for the export of fresh strawberries.

This step underscores Egypt’s commitment to tapping into new markets and meeting the rising global demand for its high-quality agricultural products.

Despite challenges such as supply chain disruptions and domestic bans on certain exports to support the national market, Egypt’s agricultural sector continues to thrive.

Recent data from the agriculture ministry indicates that Egypt exported over 2.2 million tons of agricultural goods valued at around USD 1.5 billion during the first quarter of 2024. This reflects a notable increase of USD 300 million compared to the same period last year.

Agriculture stands as Egypt’s second-largest export sector, generating USD 9 billion in revenue from both fresh and processed products in the previous year.

Over the years, Egypt has actively pursued the opening of new export markets, including commodities, as part of its strategy to expand foreign currency resources.

With a growing global demand for its produce, Egypt is poised to further strengthen its position as a key player in the international agricultural market.

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