ASAJA Murcia has some concerns on the increase of production area for citrus in Egypt. At the campaign 2006/2007 Egypt produced in an area of 134,385 hectares. This is an annual increase of 6000 to 8000 hectares. Most of this area is dedicated to Navels and Valencias (80%) and the remaining space (20%) is dedicated to tangerines and lemons/limes.
Production of Egypt in 2006/2007 was around 3,020,572 tons according to CLAM. Mr. Alfonso Galvez Caravaca, General Secretary at the ASAJA Murcia declares that `production increases fast and it is coming to the market without the same controls of domestic production. Therefore, we demand a more exhaustive control from the EU`.
Mr. Gálvez also declared that `the best way to compete against Egyptian citrus is quality. In prices, it is more difficult. We must continue being leaders in quality and food safety in our own citrus`.
According to Mr. Galvez, association among producers in order to reduce costs and collaborate in promotion campaigns are additional ways to stay competitive in international markets.