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Egypt Achieves Record Potato Exports To Southeast Asia Amid Rising Regional Demand

Located in the northeastern corner of Africa, Egypt exported over 17,000 tonnes of potatoes to Southeast Asian countries last year and which registered a 120 percent YoY rise in terms of potato exports.

Facts And Figures

According to a story reported by East Fruit news provider, Egypt witnessed a significant surge in exports of potatoes to Southeast Asia in 2022. A look at the data reveals that the North African nation exported over 17,000 tonnes of potatoes to Southeast Asian countries in 2022. This reflects a 120% increase in potato exports when compared with the data of 2021 and an 18-fold increase when compared with the data of 2020.

Indonesia: The Largest Buyer Of Egyptian Potatoes

Indonesia remained the largest buyer of Egyptian potatoes in 2022 with data highlighting Indonesia’s import volumes more than doubling compared to last year. 

Indonesia is the largest producer of potatoes in Southeast Asia. However, despite this, the Southeast Asian country imports 40,000 tonnes – 80,000 tonnes of potatoes every year.

Malaysia Witnessed A Sharp Decline In Potato Imports

While Egypt’s potato exports to Indonesia rose, the Malaysian market saw a sharp decline. However, the Southeast region as a whole, including Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, and the Philippines imported bulk volumes of potatoes owing to steadily growing consumption supported by the region’s flourishing tourism industry.

Why Does Southeast Asia Imports Potatoes?

Countries in the Southeast Asian region face challenges in terms of potato production due to the region’s tropical climate, distinguished by weather fluctuations and pest-related issues.

Talking particularly of Indonesia, the occurrence of upas dew, or poisonous (deadly) dew, damages and destroys crops depending upon the season. This is the reason why Southeast Asia has to import potatoes and witnesses an atypical increase in potato imports during certain months of the year.

The Bottom Line

Located in Africa, Egypt has witnessed a significant surge in exports of potatoes primarily due to an increase in demand from Southeast Asian nations. According to data, potato exporters from the North African nation exported over 17,000 tonnes of potatoes in 2022, reflecting a 120% rise as compared to 2021 and an 18-fold rise as compared to 2020. This surge in shipments of potatoes from Egypt to Southeast Asia has made the Southeast Asian region the fourth-largest market for Egyptian potatoes, after Russia, the European Union, and the Gulf States.

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