CAIRO: Egypt’s agricultural exports increased by 5.4 percent during the first quarter of 2016 compared to the same period a year earlier, said Tareq Qabil, Trade and Industry Minister.
Speaking at the Food Africa exhibition held in Egypt Friday, Qabil noted that total value of agricultural exports during the first quarter of 2016 reached $720 million up from $683 million during the first quarter of 2015.
He added that the total export value rose to $280 million in March this year, compared to $239 million in February and $201 million in January of the same year.
Over 240 companies and 350 businessmen from all over the globe participated in the two-day exhibit, which is largest specialized exhibition of food and agricultural crops in Africa, said Qabil.
Egypt exported 364,000 tons of fruits and vegetables in January 2016, state-owned Al Ahram reported in February citing a report issued by the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture.
The report, issued by the Central Administration for Agricultural Quarantine, said that the total Egyptian fruit exports in January 2016 reached 252,143 tons, while vegetable shipments totaled 112,509 tons.
The main vegetables exported during the said period were potatoes, onions, while grapes and strawberries topped the list of Egypt’s fruit exports.
According to the report, Egypt’s imports of vegetables amounted to 1,135 tons, while the volume of imported fruits reached 38,867 during the same period.