According to Fresh Plaza, the number one portal for the global fresh produce industry, produce imported by Tanzania from Egypt that made it one of the top new export markets developed by the North African country were grapes and citrus fruits.
“Egypt has succeeded in opening new markets for the export of grapes, citrus fruits, garlic, onions and mangoes, which have gained access to seven new destinations: China, Canada, Taiwan, Nigeria, Tanzania, South Africa and Mauritius,” Fresh Plaza said in a recent update.
“Tanzania imported 18 tonnes of grapes and 26.5 tonnes of citrus fruits from Egypt, while Egypt exported 83 tonnes of garlic and 444 tonnes to South Africa, and 10 tonnes of mangoes to Mauritius,” it added.
A 2016 study by Lutheran World Relief has it that Dodoma is the main region in Tanzania where grapes are grown. The report says that data compiled by the Dodoma regional agricultural office show that in the 2014/15 season there were about 4,810 acres (1,924 ha) under grape production in the region.
The total annual production was about 10,800 tonnes (2015), equal to an average yield of 2.25 tons per acre. The report said grape production in Dodoma had steadily increased over the past five years, partially due to the increased processing capacity of local processors.
The Fresh Plaza update says an official report issued by the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture revealed that the total volume of agricultural produce exported in January 2018 amounted to 463,844 tonnes; an increase of 25,367 tonnes.
The report also confirmed that the volume of Egyptian agricultural exports, including fruits and vegetables, shipped in the whole of 2017 amounted to about 5.4 million tonnes of which around 1.2 million went to Arab countries; an increase of 720,000 tonnes compared to 2016.
The Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Dr Abdel Moneim El Banna, said that the growth of exports was due to the recent efforts carried out by the ministry, as well as to the agricultural, forestry and laboratory measures taken to ensure the quality of Egyptian agricultural crops and improve their exportability.
The report pointed out that the total volume of citrus fruits exported during 2017 amounted to 667,000 tonnes making them the most exported agricultural product, followed by potatoes, onions, with a total of 467,000; and grapes, with a total of 138,833 tonnes.
Egyptian pomegranate exports ranked fifth with a total of 106,590 tonnes, followed by strawberries in sixth place with a total of 64,522 tonnes, while mango exports ranked seventh with a total of 38,981 tonnes. Lastly, pepper exports ranked eighth with a total of 12,966 tonnes.
Recently the International Trade Centre (ITC), the joint agency of the World Trade Organisation and the United Nations, listed Tanzania among countries with big potential to become top exporters of mangoes in the world.
The global mangoes market was expected to hold a market value of over US$2 billion (about 4.54trn/-) in 2017 and reaching a value of over US$4.2 billion (about 9.54bn/-) in 2027. The list also includes leading exporters with big prospects to improve their current performances.
Tanzania is ranked third in the list, which identifies exporters with the fastest-growing international sales of mangoes from 2012 to 2016, after Cambodia and Uganda. Other listed African countries are Ghana (4th), Cote d’Ivoire (7th), Burkina Faso (17th), Egypt (18th) and Senegal (25th).
In 2016, world mangoes exports were worth US$2.3 billion (about 5.22trn/-), which was about 25 per cent of Tanzania’s total export earnings during the year.
The list of the 25 fastest-growing mango export countries also includes China (5th), Colombia (6th), Canada (8th), Dominican Republic (9th) and Czech Republic (10th). Others are Singapore, Denmark, Malaysia, Slovenia, France, Portugal, Peru, Poland, Spain, Mexico, the Netherlands and Israel.
Established in 1964, ITC is the only development agency, which is fully dedicated to supporting the internationalization of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in order to raise incomes and create job opportunities, especially for women, young people, and poor communities in the world.
ITC work in the country is currently focused on promoting regional integration and South-South cooperation in a number of different sectors. Additionally, ITC is assisting Tanzania in improving its trade and market intelligence in the areas of sustainable development and non-tariff measure as well as providing project development support under the auspices of the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF).
The agency also ranks Tanzania 9th among top mango exporters in Africa saying that it earned US$1.8 million (about 4.09bn/-) from the trade in 2016 when Africa exported mangoes worth US$214 million.
The other leading mango exporters in Africa are Côte d'Ivoire (US$61.3 million), which is number nine in the world, Egypt (US$53.9 million), Ghana (US$35.2 million), Mali (US$16.4 million) and Burkina Faso (US$14.2 million). The list also comprises Senegal (US$10.2 million), South Africa (US$9.7 million), Kenya (US$7.2 million) and Uganda (US$1.4 million).