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Dates: Egypt increases production by 27%

March 22, 2022 3:51 PM, Der AUDITOR
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REUS/CAIRO. At 140,000 mt, Egypt's date production in the 2021/22 season is a good 27% higher than last year. However, Saudi Arabia remains the undisputed number one.

Quality cannot meet expectations

Despite the crises in the health and economic sectors, global date production has increased by a good 11% compared to last year, according to the latest INC data, and amounts to around 1.11 million mt in the 2021/22 season. The undisputed leader remains Saudi Arabia with 220,000 mt, followed by the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, which are both expected to achieve production of 140,000 mt each. In Egypt, production would thus be more than 27% above that of the previous season. The large global grop is mainly due to the new plantations established in recent years. However, the INC also reports that quality is below expectations, mainly because the pandemic has left too few qualified workers available.

Date production, in mt

Country

2020/21

2021/22

Diff.

Saudi Arabia

205,000

220,000

7.3%

UAE

130,000

140,000

7.7%

Egypt

110,000

140,000

27.3%

Iran

140,000

135,000

-3.6%

Tunisia

105,000

120,000

14.3%

Algeria

95,000

115,000

21.1%

Iraq

50,000

60,000

20.0%

Israel

30,000

32,000

6.7%

USA

28,000

30,000

7.1%

Pakistan

25,000

28,000

12.0%

Morocco

25,000

26,000

4.0%

Oman

20,000

22,000

10.0%

Sudan

8,000

9,000

12.5%

Libya

1,000

1,500

50.0%

Others

30,000

35,000

16.7%

Total

1,002,000

1,113,500

11.1%

INC, March 2022

Early start of Ramadan poses difficulties

Exports are going satisfactorily so far, even if sellers are not happy with the prices achieved, as they have dropped significantly on the world market in recent months. The early start of Ramadan (2 April to 2 May 2022) is putting additional pressure on the market, especially for varieties that are harvested later, such as Deglet Noor. Ongoing transport problems and high freight costs are also likely to affect exports. In preparation for Ramadan, export prices have already increased and are currently at EUR 1.69/kg FOB Iran for premium grade Iranian Mazafati dates.

Dates

Type, origin

EUR/kg

Mazafati, premium grade, Iran, FOB

1.69

Piarom, premium grade, Iran, FOB

5.03

Natural branch, Tunisia, FCA Spain

3.15

Medjoul, premium F, jumbo, Israel, FCA Spain

8.65

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