The farmer’s avoidance for exporting MAPs to their weak marketing, and their permanent search for brokers to export, which leads to a decline in their margins of profitability. 80% of the sector’s exports are carried out by 10 companies and that 90% of MAPs organically registered are exported. The products were sent to Turkey and then re-packaged for exporting to global markets at high customs tariffs, which negatively impacts export rates in the sector. Small exporters are committed to quality and provide export prices that are not commensurate with the cost of the product.
- Egyptian medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs) have a good reputation in global markets, despite their weak contribution as a sector to the size of global trade for these products.
- Agricultural exporters and experts expected the sector to grow widely in the coming period, in light of the availability of all elements of agriculture and industry.
- The cultivated lands of MAPs in Egypt are estimated at roughly 80,000 acres, most of them located in Upper Egypt (Minya, Beni Suef, Assiut, Fayoum, and Sinai) govern orates.
“The European market is the largest importer of medicinal and aromatic plants, especially Germany and Poland, followed by the US and the gulf markets.”