Egyptian garlic volumes are down by 30% this season
Garlic volumes in Egypt are down by 30%, according to Mohamed Gomaa, CEO of the grower Green Point. "This is due to an excessive acreage last season which caused prices to drop. The majority of producers have lowered acreages this season in order to keep prices adequate," said Gomaa.
Last year, garlic production in Egypt reached a volume of 22,000 tons, making Egypt the first Arab producer of garlic. This year, volumes would be around 15,000 tons, according to Gomaa. "That said, there is a strong demand and the quality is very good due to good weather conditions. Prices will increase compared to last year following the decrease in acreage," he added.
Egyptian garlic enjoys worldwide success, according to Gomaa "Our garlic is one of the longest lasting garlic varieties and is appreciated for its pungent flavor. The bulbs last up to one year if stored in a cool, dry and dark place. Egyptian garlic also has great nutritional value, with its excellent contributions of vitamins C and B6, selenium, manganese, fiber, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, iron and copper. This has made it in demand everywhere, and has increased production in recent years."