Egypt: Dakahlia invests US$9M in new packing facilities

Egypt: Dakahlia invests US$9M in new packing facilities

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Egyptian group Dakahlia for Agricultural Development Company is expected to spend EGP90 million (£3.9 million) in the coming year to build a new packhouse next to another one due for completion, Daily News Egypt has reported.

The story says the new packhouse would be dedicated to citrus with a capacity to turn out 500 metric tonnes (MT) per day and would be next to another station specialising in table grapes – with a capacity of 200MT per day – which is set to open in early 2018 for a total cost of EGP70 million (£3 million).

The packhouses are in Minya, near the Nile River around 174 miles south of the Egyptian capital Cairo.

Exports director Hossam Abdel Baki told the publication his company exported grapes, citrus fruit, pomegranates, potatoes, onions, dates and raisins, with more than 30 market destinations including Russia, Europe and the Arab Gulf countries.

He said the group was yet to expand in northern Europe, Canada and the United States, where small shipments had already been sent, adding exports in the first half of the year hit US$20 million (£11.3 million) and would likely reach US$30 million (£17 million) by the year’s end.

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