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Israel: Fresh and processed food export $ 2.4 billion


27.02.2013

The value of Israeli fresh agricultural exports doubled in the last decade and the value of exports to Russia increased by a factor of 10, from $23 million in 2003 to $226 million in 2012

Israel's exports to the EU almost doubled from $552 million in 2003 to $961 million in 2012 and the total export of agricultural fresh produce and processed food has almost doubled from $1.2 billion in 2003 to $2.4 billion in 2012.

During 2012, the export value of Israeli fresh produce and processed food had a minor decreased by 0.2% compared to 2011 to $2.4 billion.

Israel exports mainly to the EU and Russia. The export to EU countries accounts for about 67% of Israeli agricultural exports (about $961 million), about 16% of agricultural exports goes to Russia (about $226 million), 5% to the United States (about $72 million) and 12% to other countries (about $172 million).

Compared with 2011 – the value of citrus export increased by 22.6% from $152 million to $187 million. Fruits export (excluding citrus) increased by 13% from $273 million to $308 million and the cotton export value increased by 11.2% - from $34 million to $38 million.

Compared to western countries, the state of Israel and the existence of agriculture is characterized by these harsh "opening Terms": The lack of arable land - Israel average farmland per capita is 0.5 hectares, compared to 3.8 hectares per capita in the EU; The lack of water due to the country's geographical climate - on the edge of the desert, with lid average of 200 cubic meters per hectare per year; The shortage of workers - the quota of foreign workers is about 60% of need.

Despite all this, Israeli agriculture is an efficient agriculture, very economical with water, growers uses advanced technology and provides most of the country's demand for fresh produce and processed food for the domestic market and for export - while productivity is the highest in agriculture compared to all industries and services in Israel's economy.

Citizens of Israel eat mostly local produce. Israeli agriculture provides most of the demand for fresh produce (vegetables and fruits, eggs and fats), processed food for the domestic market and for export as well.

The import value of agricultural products and processed food in Israel in 2012 decreased by 2.1% compared with 2011 - from $5.3 billion to $5.2 billion. Israel imports mainly grains and nuts. In 2012 cereal import value was approximately $993 million and $133 million nuts.

Yossi Yishai, director general of the Ministry of Agriculture, says: "Our agricultural exports survived Agrexco's collapse – which was Israel's national export company, rather than reduced, thanks to new private Israeli export companies that emerged and took its place".

Yishai added that: "The next seven years Israeli agriculture will coordinate efforts to increase agricultural R&D in order to increase efficiency, productivity and effectiveness ensuring the country's food security".


תגיות : Israel, fresh produce, Israeli agricultural exports,