The Office of Agriculture Affairs forecasts refined sugar production in MY2019/20 to increase by approximately 14 percent or 335,000 MT to reach 2.74 MMT. Of this total forecast, 1.5 MMT of sugar will be derived from sugar beets, while 1.2 MMT will be sourced from sugarcane. Increase in production is attributed to higher procurement prices especially for sugar beets. Posts forecasts domestic consumption in MY2019/20 to increase by 4.8 percent or 150,000 MT to reach 3.25 MMT as a result of population increase. Egypt’s raw sugar imports in MY2019/20 are forecast at 800,000 MT down from 830,000 MT in MY2018/19. The Sugar Industry Research Institute established a national sugar beet breeding program with cooperation from USDA to select sugar beet seed varieties that are adapted to the Egyptian environmental conditions. Through this program, Egypt can develop substitutes for EU seeds varieties and begin to produce their own beet seeds.
Egypt: Sugar Annual