127 % in­crease in Egyp­tian date ex­ports within 2 months: Food Ex­port Coun­cil

The Daily News Egypt - - Business -

The Food Ex­port Coun­cil an­nounced, in a press state­ment on Mon­day, that Egyp­tian ex­ports of dates dur­ing Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary were es­ti­mated at a value of $20.5m, an in­crease of about 127% com­pared to the same pe­riod of 2017.

The state­ment men­tioned that the amount of Egyp­tian date ex­ports wit­nessed an in­crease of 81%, ex­plain­ing that the coume of the ex­ported dates reached 21,600 tonnes dur­ing the first two months of 2018, com­pared to 12,000 tonnes in the same pe­riod of 2017.

The coun­cil pointed out that the value of date ex­ports dur­ing the months of Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary ac­counted for 61% of the to­tal Egyp­tian date ex­ports in the whole of 2017.

More­over, “Egyp­tian ex­ports of dates dur­ing Fe­bru­ary sawd the high­est value of date ex­ports in the his­tory of Egypt.The value of Egyp­tian date ex­ports dur­ing Fe­bru­ary amounted to $12.3m,” ac­cord­ing to the Food Ex­port Coun­cil’s state­ment.

Egypt is the num­ber one pro­ducer of dates in the world, ahead of Iran and Saudi Ara­bia, ac­cord­ing to the United Na­tion’s Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­gan­i­sa­tion (FAO).

Egypt’s an­nual pro­duc­tion of dates is es­ti­mated at 1.5m tonnes, equiv­a­lent to 17.7% of the global pro­duc­tion, which is es­ti­mated at 7.5m tonnes, ac­cord­ing to the FAO.

Mean­while, the Food Ex­port Coun­cil stated that In­done­sia topped the list of the largest im­porters of Egyp­tian dates dur­ing the past two months, es­ti­mated at a value of $12m, bring­ing in around 12,400 tonnes, rep­re­sent­ing 58% of to­tal Egyp­tian date ex­ports dur­ing that pe­riod. Morocco comes next, at a value of $6.3m and 6,700 tonnes, fol­lowed by Malaysia, Bangladesh, Thai­land, South Africa, Jor­dan, Ger­many, Syria, Sin­ga­pore, the US, China, Nige­ria, Canada, In­dia, the UAE, Turkey, Tan­za­nia, Rus­sia, Le­banon, Mau­ri­tius, Bel­gium, Cameroon, Kenya, Hun­gary, Cam­bo­dia, Kuwait, Sey­chelles, and Ghana.

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