In 2019, Egypt consolidated for the second consecutive year its position as the world’s leading exporter of oranges. According to data collected by Agribusiness Intelligence, the country’s exports reached around 1.87 million tonnes last year, i.e. 100,000 tonnes more than Spain, its runner-up. The main markets were Russia, Saudi Arabia, China and the Netherlands. Egypt is the world’s largest exporter, yet it is only the world’s 6th largest citrus fruit producer behind countries such as Brazil, China and the USA. It exports almost half of its harvest and accounts for a third of world exports. In comparison, Brazil, the leading orange producer, only sells abroad a residual volume of its harvest to the benefit of orange juice production, of which it is the world leader. The orange is the leading citrus fruit cultivated in Egypt with nearly 150,000 hectares and a production of more than 3 million tons. Exports of the fruit generated more than $660 million in 2019.
Source : Agence Ecofin