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Among Southern Mediterranean Countries, Egypt ranks first as a producer of fresh fruits. Egypt offers fresh fruits and vegetables both for export and for the domestic market. In Egypt fresh fruits are available all year round at reasonable prices. Traditional Egyptian diet is composed primarily of fresh leafy vegetables and a rich fruits plate. A wide range of fruits and vegetables are cultivated in the country and it is worthy to note that most of them sell at prices within reach of all. The fresh fruits and vegetables offered by Egyptian producers are abundant in vitamin A and B and varying amounts of carotenes depending on their species.
Major fruit commodities in Egypt are citrus fruit, watermelon, table grapes, dates, and etc. Citrus is the most important fruit in Egypt in terms of its acreage, production and exportation potentials. Citrus, primarily oranges that represent 85% of total citrus production, makes up 50% of total fruit production in Egypt. Other subtropical fruits are also grown in Egypt, including melons (18,7% of the total fruit market), grapes (12,7%), dates (11%), bananas (8,8%), stone fruits and pome fruits.
Egypt is the world's largest date-producing country in 2011, churning out some 1.4 million metric tonnes of the fruit each year.
The size of the market for fresh fruit in Egypt has demonstrated notable growth over the last five years. Thus the production value grew up to 12, 8 mln tons in 2009 from about 10 mln tons in 2005. The export volumes reached the peak in 2008 (more than 583, 5 thousand tons), the year of 2009 saw a decline, however demonstrated significant growth over the rates of 2005.
Large amounts of juice are manufactured within the overall fruits industry in Egypt. The country ranks as a major exporter of fruit juices on the global market. According to analytical forecasts, Egypt can become the regional leader in the export of fruit juices and products.

Production (tonnes/year): 9,922,292 tonnes (FAOSTAT,2011)

Consumption (grams/day):  2.9 (FAOSTAT,2009)

Publish date 16/10/2013 11:06
Last updated 15/04/2014 12:12