Al Sham Agricultural Development Company aims to increase its exports by 35% in the coming export season.
Director of quality control at the company, Saed Aasi, said that they aim to increase exports in the coming season (September 2017-July 2018) following signing contract with five new farms of 1,200 feddans to produce citrus, grapes, and pomegranates for packaging.
Aasi added that the average productivity per feddan is about 15 tonnes; hence, the company’s export capacity reaches 18,000 tonnes of fruits.
He estimated total sales of the company last season at about EGP 116m, with plans to inject EGP 25m in the coming period to support production lines and import new equipment, next to buying refrigerators for conserving fruits and vegetables.
He added that the company is currently establishing a new production line for the packaging of fruits with investments of up to $4m, which is expected to begin operation in November, with a production capacity of 175 tonnes per day.
Al Sham for Agricultural Development Company exports its products to Arab and several Asian countries, including India, Singapore, and Bangladesh, as well as to Russia. The company targets establishing a foothold in Europe, Australia, and China.
Founded in 2010, Al Sham Company is a Syrian company that works in several fields, including washing, storing, and cooling citrus fruits; packing grapes, pomegranate, peach, apricot, bananas, and strawberries; and exporting some vegetables, including onions, potatoes, peppers, peas, beans, green onions, tomatoes, and olives.