Since Egypt produces 18 percent of the world’s dates, the country decided to take advantage of the dates sector which is one of the most promising sectors that can contribute to the advancement of its economy through boosting of export and job creation. The country has initiated several projects which would help it achieve this goal.
In 2015, the country hosted its first-ever Dates festival in Siwa Egypt, in cooperation with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in collaboration with the Khalifa International Prize for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation. This festival aims to shed light on the dates sector in Egypt and unify the efforts of all governmental institutions, research organizations, and international organizations to promote the sector and find practical solutions to the problems that the producers and manufacturers of dates are facing, according to fresh produce exporter, Fruitlink. This is according to a detailed report by The Nerve Africa.
Egypt partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has an ongoing technical cooperation project for the development of the dates value chain for the advancement in the industry.
In 2017, Egypt’s Trade Industry prepared a strategy to develop the dates industry, in order to boost the export of the fruit from 38,000 tons to 120,000 tons during the next five years, increase the price per ton to $1,500 from $1,000. The strategy also targets to increase Egypt’s financial gains from the industry to $180 million at the end of the strategy by 2021.
By December 2018, the country’s Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Ezzedine Abusteit revealed that Egypt has 15 million palm trees, but aims to cultivate an additional 2.5 million palm trees using modern agricultural methods.
Currently, dates from Egypt have been exported to 42 countries, with Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Morocco, and Thailand topping the list.