To develop the production and sustainability of the local poultry industry in Egypt, the FAO and the country’s Poultry Farmers Union have signed an MOU. Meanwhile, the UAE receives its first poultry import from Egypt.
According to Egypt’s Minister of Agriculture, Al-Qusayr, the government prioritises poultry production as one of the fundamental pillars for the food security of Egyptians, further noting that the local poultry industry employs 3 million people, and that nearly US$6 billion dollars are invested in it.
The MOU signed between the union and the FAO provides for cooperation in areas of common interest through the transfer of advanced and innovative technological services, according to Egypt’s Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, adding that it will strengthen production in biotechnology and biosafety, with subsequent training and technical support for workers in the sector.
Meanwhile, the country has announced the export of 126,000 hatching eggs to the UAE for the first time.
Tarek Suleiman, head of Egypt’s livestock and poultry development sector, said the country’s production of chickens stands at about 1.4 billion annually, adding that what exceeds the country’s needs of any poultry products will be exported.