This year, Egypt may overtake Spain as one of the biggest orange exporters, as was announced in late 2018. The prediction that Egypt will start playing a more important role on the orange market is not new. In recent years, this prediction has become reality, more than once. Spanish growers are experiencing a challenging season, particularly due to the shortage of large sizes, but there is still a question about whether Egypt can profit from that.
According to a report from Radio France International, an export of 1.65 million tons has been estimated for this year. Whether this figure will be realised is yet to be seen, but the estimate indicates a considerable increase in export.
In 2017, the last complete year with export figures made available by Trade Map, Egypt reported an export of more than 662 000 tons. For export to grow like this, production must be increasing. In 2017, the country had 119 581ha of orange orchards, an increase of 18% in area since 2010. The 2017 harvest was more than 3 million tons of oranges. Click here to read the full article. – Fresh Plaza