Egypt opens up dairy, cattle rearing farm to beef up meat, milk production

EGYPT – The Egyptian government has officially inaugurated a dairy production and cattle fattening complex on a 400 hectares piece of land in Sadat city in the governorate of Menoufia.

The site features 5 dairy farms with the capacity to house 5,000 cows and a feedlot with a herd of 3,000 head.

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It also includes a veterinary research center, an installation for carrying out artificial inseminations, as well as a modern slaughterhouse and dairy product processing lines.

According to the authorities, this facility will ensure the production of 150 tonnes of raw milk per day and 1.5 tonnes of meat per production cycle.

This new project is part of a strategy by the government to achieve self-sufficiency in milk and meat production in the country.

In Egypt, beef consumption needs average 650,000 tonnes per year against local production of around 375,000 tonnes according to USDA data.

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To offset the balance, the North African country turns to imports. However, following the Egyptian pound’s November 2016 devaluation, several private sector importers left the market.

Government ministries such as the Ministries of Supply and Internal Trade, Agriculture and Land Reclamation, and of Defense, are Egypt’s largest importers of live cattle and frozen beef and varietal meats (i.e., livers, hearts, and kidneys).

Egypt’s beef production in MY 2022 is set to reach 385,000 MT

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The recently launched project aims to boost local production in the sight of rising inflation across the globe triggered by the war in Ukraine and the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a GAIN report, USDA had projected that Egypt’s beef production in MY 2022 was set to reach 385,000 MT, up 2.6 percent or 10,000 MT above MY 2021 estimates of 375,000 metric tons.

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Meanwhile, domestic beef consumption during the period under review is expected to reach 655,000 MT, up by 4.8 percent or 30,000 MT above the MY 2021’s 625,000 MT, metric tons.

Beef importation in MY 2022 is set at 270,000 MT, up eight percent, or 20,000 MT greater than the USDA’s official MY 20201 estimate of 250,000 metric tons.

In other related news, the Yobe State Government of Nigeria, has partnered with Egyptian company, Messrs Los Amigo, to establish a meat processing plant in Damaturu the state’s capital.

Construction of the meat processing plant is expected to optimise the livestock potentials in the state.

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