In order to move forward in the area of agriculture biotechnology, Egypt needs a biosafety legal framework. The absence of a legal framework inhibits field trials, as well as the commercial use of genetically engineered (GE) crops.
Attaché Report (GAIN)

Egypt: Fresh Deciduous Fruit Annual

Post revises 2020/2021 production forecast down. Egypt experienced a difficult table grapes season due to unexpected weather conditions.
Attaché Report (GAIN)

Egypt: Grain and Feed Update

FAS Cairo (Post) forecasts Egypt’s wheat imports in marketing year (MY) 2021/22 (July – June) at 12.4 MMT, up from the previous marketing year estimate due to higher consumption driven by population growth.
The National Food Safety Authority continues to develop standards and procedures regulating food safety in Egypt. On June 2, 2021, the National Food Safety Authority Board of Directors approved mandatory technical regulations on the permissible residue levels of pesticides for food of plant and animal origin.
Attaché Report (GAIN)

Egypt: Livestock and Products Annual

Egypt maintains herd size with slight increases at 10 million head. Egypt continues to put polices in place to increase the animal production, however, the government hasn’t met their target yet, mostly due to instable input costs.
On July 15, 2021, Egypt’s Minister of Trade and Industry (MTI) signed Decree No. 322/2021. The decree renewed an earlier decision that extended the shelf-life validity period for imported frozen fish from six to nine months and of frozen beef liver from seven to ten months.
FAS/Cairo revises its Egypt cotton forecast for market year 2021/22, accounting for a rise in area harvested and production.
The National Food Safety Authority continues to develop standards and procedures regulating food safety in Egypt.
For a decade, trade of beef and beef products to Egypt have been very disrupted.
On June 15th, Egypt postponed its launch of the Advanced Clearance Information system (ACI). The Minister of Finance pushed the 1st of July deadline of full implementation of the new system to October 1st, 2021 citing the delay had been requested by several companies and diplomatic missions.
Attaché Report (GAIN)

Egypt: Retail Foods

Egypt imported some $3.2 billion worth of consumer-oriented products in 2020. This is a 3 percent increase of the 2019 imports value of $3.1 billion.
Amid major challenges within Egypt’s water sector, the Egyptian parliament approved a new water resources and irrigation law to curb illegal rice cultivation.