Two female Egyptian farmers take their produce of tomatoes away when harvesting crops on their land on the outskirts of Cairo (Picture: AP)
The statement was released following reports alleging that Libyan quarantine authorities had rejected two Egyptian shipments of red pepper and guava.
The reports cite a Facebook page, the Libyan Center for Food and Drug Control, which says Egypt’s western neighbor rejected both shipments, exported by the same Egyptian company, because the samples were rotten.
Egyptian agricultural exports to Libya from January to mid-August reached 63,181 tons, the Egyptian ministry said in the statement.
“As for pepper exports to Libya this year, nine shipments have been exported, and no official notification of denial of shipment has been received so far,” the Central Quarantine Administration said. agriculture from the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture and Spatial Planning.
The administration said it had not examined or exported any agricultural products – be it pepper or other products – through the port of Salloum to Libya by the exporting company mentioned in the released reports.
“This confirms that this submission was referring to [in the reports] has not been exported by legal methods, as it has not been examined by the Egyptian agricultural quarantine authorities,” said the statement quoting Ahmed El-Attar, head of the Central Administration of Agricultural Quarantine.
Furthermore, no guava shipments have been exported to Libya since the beginning of 2022, El-Attar claimed, saying the reports being spread are baseless.
The performance of Egyptian agricultural exports to the neighboring country “is distinguished and does not encounter any obstacles”, El-Attar pointed out, adding that overall agricultural exports to Libya in 2021 amounted to 89,795 tons, compared to 61,900 tons in 2020.