May 3, 2021
USSEC, Egyptian Poultry Association sign MoU to support agricultural training services
The Egyptian Poultry Association recently joined the US Soybean Export Council (USSEC) last month for a meeting focused on creating opportunities for training and education around US soy in the animal agriculture sector.
The meeting culminated in the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) by both organisations committing to the establishment of online and in-person cooperative agricultural training services in Egypt.
"We are thrilled about this partnership and the commitment to continuous learning," said Monte Peterson, USSEC's chairman. "As our third largest customer destination, Egypt has become an important market for US soy."
During the past five years, Egyptian imports of US soy have continuously increased. In 2017, Egypt imported 807,000 tonnes of US soy, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Last year, exports landed at a booming 3.7 million tonnes and this marketing year (2020-21), exports are at 2.4 million tonnes with six months left in the year.
"Couple that with the fact that the United States has maintained market share above 70% for the past several years, and this provides us the opportunity to build on the intrinsic benefits of US soy – that being our people, technical expertise, workshops and training," said Jim Sutter, USSEC's chief executive officer.
Representing the Egyptian Poultry Association was Mahmoud Al Anani, who serves as president. Anani also owns Dakahlia Poultry Co. and serves as its chairman.
"I am very happy with the continuous cooperation with USSEC, and I seek to develop this cooperation to include all poultry producers in all governorates in Egypt," said Anani. "Let us work together to provide the needed technical support to all poultry producers around Egypt to help them achieve the best results in order to increase poultry production and consumption per capita of poultry meat in Egypt."
The Soy Excellence Center was launched in Egypt in September 2019. Since then, more than 43 events have been held with approximately 4,800 participants, ranging from entry level to senior management and CEOs and owners. Activities target all members of the supply chain, including feed milling, aquaculture, dairy, soy processing and refining and management.
Brent Babb, USSEC's regional director for Greater Europe and the Middle East and North Africa, said the Soy Excellence Center combines education and relationship building with animal agriculture integrators.
The center has become a hub for connection in the region as industry growth continues, Babb said. It makes perfect sense for the Egyptian Poultry Association to partner with the center, he added.
The MoU between USSEC and the Egyptian Poultry Association signifies both organisations' commitment to promoting the use of soy in poultry feed and providing the education needed for producers to maximise their rations and production techniques.
To further reach with as many poultry farms as possible, training and educational opportunities will be hosted in many cities throughout Egypt.
In addition to establishing cooperative poultry training sessions, the MoU vows to support Egypt's agricultural sector and promote proficiency in soy production and use. This partnership furthers the mission of the Soy Excellence Center and builds upon already strong relationships in the region.