The Chamber of Food Industries in the Federation of Egyptian Industries is participating this morning in Fayoum Governorate in the opening of the first Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Festival, which will be launched shortly and over the days of October 27 and 28, in cooperation with the German Agency for International Cooperation and under the auspices of the Minister of Agriculture and the participation of 70 companies from the Chamber of Food Industries.
The festival is also held in cooperation with the Agricultural Export Council, the Food Industries Export Council, the Industrial Modernization Center, and the Food Industries Technology Center.
Mahmoud El Bassiouni, Executive Director of the Chamber, said that the Chamber is participating in the first festival of medicinal and aromatic plants within the framework of fruitful and constructive cooperation with the project to improve livelihoods and the ecosystem in Upper Egypt, implemented by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the “Concept” company to support and support the food industry sector.
Al-Bassiouni added that members were invited to participate and display the products of the festival free of charge, with the priority of registration for companies who meet the conditions and without any financial compensation to support and finance the project.
He pointed out that the Chamber invited member companies to apply and participate in the “Innovation in the Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Sector” competition, which aims to support and encourage workers in the medicinal and aromatic plants sector to provide innovative solutions to advance the sector and improve the Egyptian product during the stages of cultivation, production, manufacturing and export. Important and special activities of the festival.
Dr. Reda Abdel Jalil, Director of Technical Affairs at the Chamber of Food Industries, explained that the number of participants from companies specialized in the field of medicinal and aromatic plants in the festival, members of the Chamber is 70 companies, pointing out that the total number of companies producing medicinal and aromatic plants, herbs and spices is 256 companies.
Abdul Jalil pointed to the economic, social and export importance of the sector, as it greatly contributes to providing job opportunities for young people, especially women. It can also be relied upon to increase exports, including oils and pastas, due to their prestigious position and increase global demand, especially for the crops of chamomile, fennel, basil, marjoram, mint and others.
It discusses the future steps of the medicinal and aromatic plants sector, market trends and requirements, food safety challenges, and the most important innovations in manufacturing, oil extraction and packaging.
The festival’s themes also include the role of digital solutions in the development of the medicinal and aromatic plants sector, employment and job creation in the medicinal and aromatic plants sector, and the role of women in the agricultural value chain.