September 24, 2019
The United States Supports Egypt’s Agricultural Sector through the Soy Excellence Center
Cairo – The U.S Soy Export Council (USSEC) has cooperated with the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region soy industry for over 40 years. Building on this, USSEC is now creating a Soy Excellence Center in partnership with key industry (including the Egyptian Poultry Association) and higher education organizations (Cairo University), with funding and support from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Thomas Goldberger joined Vice Minister of Agriculture Dr. Mona Mehrez and USSEC’s CEO Jim Sutter, Regional Director EU and MENA Brent Babb, Regional Consultant Mousa Wakileh, along with WorldFish Country Director Harrison Charo Karisa and FAS Cairo Senior Regional Agricultural Attaché Mariano J. Beillard at the launch of the Soy Excellence Center on Monday, September 23, at the WorldFish facilities in Abbassa, Sharkia.
“The United States and Egypt enjoy a long-standing relationship in the agricultural sector,” said U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Thomas Goldberger. “USSEC is now building on its decades-long cooperation and engagement in creating a Soy Excellence Center, providing training and resources to members of the soy value chain especially livestock and feed producers.”
Egypt is the fastest growing market for U.S. soybeans, importing over 2.64 million metric tons of U.S soy this year (valued at approximately $900 million), providing feed for fast growing local poultry, aquaculture/fish, and dairy industries. U.S. soybeans are crushed by the modern and efficient Egyptian soy processing industry; most of the soymeal goes to the local animal feed industry and the soybean oil goes to cooking and food uses.
“U.S. soybeans provide a key ingredient for the large agriculture industry in Egypt, supporting tens of thousands of local jobs and food security,” according to U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Thomas Goldberger. “Facilitating partnership between U.S. and Egyptian agribusinesses is an important priority for the mission.”