The data issued by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics revealed: “Egyptian imports of apples increased significantly during the month of March, as imports of fresh apples amounted to about 48 million and 150 thousand dollars, while they were 38 million and 606 thousand dollars in March 2020,.” An increase of 9 million and 544 thousand dollars.
Fresh apple imports are among the Egyptian imports of non-durable consumer goods, with a total value of about $1.126 million last March, compared to $1.237 million in the same month in 2020.
It was not hidden from anyone that the military of Egypt is doing the marginalization of the poor at the expense of the wealthy of the new republic, as the data also revealed that Egypt imported cosmetics with more than 9 billion pounds, in addition to skin care products, hands and feet, with about 746 million pounds.
Chocolate costs $65.5 million annually.
According to the Financial Markets report, which specializes in monitoring the prices of commodities and their raw materials in global commodity markets and exchanges, noting that Egypt imports cocoa and chocolate worth $65.5 million during the year. The international company, “Mars Wrigley”, has made major expansions in the company’s factories in Egypt, in a move to increase the exported quantities of chocolate, as between 80% to 90% of the total production of the company’s factories in Egypt will be exported.
The report emphasized that: “Egypt’s consumption of chocolate is among the lowest consumption rates, reaching 500 grams per person annually, while it reaches 3 kilograms in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and 12 kilograms in Britain.”
Food for dogs and cats
And an economic analyst blew up a surprise: “Egypt imports about $85 billion annually in goods from abroad.”
Ahmed Abdel-Maqsoud added, “Egypt imported cosmetics for foot care and food for cats and dogs worth 2 billion pounds in 6 months, stressing that this amount of spending does not serve the simple citizen, and it has local alternatives.”
He continued, “There are permanently imported goods, including wines, nuts, and medicines with an effective sexual formula, whose bill amounts to millions of pounds for the benefit of the wealthy in Egypt.”
Poverty rates are high in Egypt
At a time when the Egyptian coup government announced its aim to reduce poverty in all its dimensions to the past half of the year 2020, and to completely eliminate it by 2030, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics in Egypt announced that the poverty rate in the country had risen to 32.5%, compared to 27.8% last year, as well as an increase in the percentage of citizens living under the poverty line to 6.2%, compared to 5.3%, representing more than 6 million Egyptians.
In a report last May, the World Bank had said: “More than 30% of Egyptians are below the poverty line, and 60% are either poor or vulnerable to it, and inequality is on the increase.” These figures were objected to by those close to decision-making circles in Egypt. Egypt – at that time – as inaccurate as they described it.
The highest in 20 years.
The announced poverty rate, according to the Egyptian official body, is the highest over the last 20 years. According to the report, the period from 1999 to 2009 witnessed an increase in the rate of extreme poverty and then began to decline during the period 2009-2013, but then increased again by up to 6.2% in 2017/2018.
60 million Egyptians now – according to an estimate of the World Bank – do not have enough income to obtain food that maintains their bodies efficiently and vitally, and they are vulnerable to nutritional deficiency diseases, especially stunting caused by malnutrition.
threat to society
The high rates of poverty at this rate undoubtedly represent a great danger to the Egyptian society, its ethics and cohesion, according to Dr. Ahmed Zikrallah, professor of economics at Al-Azhar University and expert in feasibility studies, adding in statements carried by Al-Jazeera: It is sufficient for a person to obtain a quantity of calories that maintains the efficiency of his body’s systems and vital organs.”
Zikrallah added: “With this, 60 million Egyptians now – according to the World Bank’s estimate – do not have enough income to obtain food that keeps their bodies efficiently and vitally, and they are vulnerable to nutritional deficiency diseases, foremost of which is stunting caused by malnutrition.”
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