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Egypt has a long history of olive production and processing that goes back thousands of years ago when ancient Egyptian civilizations produced olives and olive oil for cooking, lighting, cosmetics, medicine and embalming.

Egypt has become a competitive producer of commercial olive products. The past several decades, in particular, have witnessed a renaissance of the Egyptian olive industry with unprecedented development in both production and processing of olives for domestic and export markets. Today, Egypt is one the world’s leading producers of table olives as well as a growing supplier of high quality extra virgin olive oil.
Egyptian olive orchards span more than 65,000 hectares, and are comprised of newly-established, modern commercial farms as well as traditional groves that date back hundreds of years.  Egyptian producers enjoy comparatively high olive yields with an average of about 6.3 tons/hectare. Table olives account for about 85% of Egyptian olive production – making Egypt one of the world’s top producers of table olives. The strong yields are largely due to the fact that a high percentage of Egyptian production comes from fully irrigated young trees with high planting densities and efficient use of fertilizer and pest control.
With plantations spanning different production regions, Egypt is capable of supplying raw olives over an extended harvesting season. The diverse production regions also enable Egypt to produce a great diversity of different olive varieties.
Source: http://egyptolives.com/?p=945

Production (tonnes/year): 5,300 tonnes (FAOSTAT, 2011)
Consumption (grams/day):  0.2 (FAOSTAT, 2009)

Publish date 16/10/2013 11:06
Last updated 14/04/2014 17:13