FILE - Citrus farmer holds fruit on his farm near Griffith, north of Melbourne, Australia, August 22, 2007 – Reuters/Tim Wimborne
CAIRO – 28 April 2020: Head of the Central Administration for Agricultural Quarantine Ahmed al-Attar stated Monday that the agricultural exports sector has not been affected by COVID-19 crisis so that itand has entered four new markets since January.
During that period, Egypt has begun exporting dates to Australia, orange to New Zealand, citrus to Brazil, and potato to Mauritius.
Attar speculated in a phone-in on a TV interview programon the phone that Egypt's agricultural exports wouldill rise to become 5.5 million tons in 2020 compared to 5.4 million tons in the previous year.
The official pointed out that Egypt has been able to beat Spain and become the world's top citrus exporter with 1.8 million tons annually. He added that since January Egypt has exported 1.2 million tons of citrus and 550,000 tons of potato, which is the country's second top export crop.
In 2019, Egypt exported 687,842 tons of potato and 602,016 tons of onion, which is the country's third top export crop. Since September, Egypt has exported 68,000 tons of onion.