Due to efforts by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Egypt has become the largest export market for U.S. Corn Gluten Meal (CGM), accounting for almost 20 percent of total exports. In 1999, the Council introduced CGM to the Egyptian market where the product was registered on the Egyptian Feed Ingredients List. FAS provided funding needed to carry out demonstration trials with large local poultry companies. These trials proved the economic advantage of using CGM in broilers and layer rations, as it reduced feeding cost.
In 2005, the Council extended its efforts to introduce CGM to the aquaculture sector. Coupled with these efforts, the Council organized workshops and published several publications on the use of CGM in feed rations for poultry, dairy, and aquaculture, which showcased the technical and economic advantages of CGM use.
As a result of these efforts, U.S. CGM exports to Egypt went from zero in the year 2000 to 140,000 Metric Tons (MT) in 2011, and 176,000 MT in 2012 becoming the largest export market. Since 2000, Egypt has imported a total of 1,100 MT of U.S. CGM, which is equivalent to $730 million. The USGC hopes to continue the promotion programs to achieve the ultimate goal of exporting 250,000 MT in 2020 and 300,000 MT in 2025.
About The U.S. Grains Council
The U.S. Grains Council develops export markets for U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and related products including distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and ethanol. With full-time presence in 28 locations, the Council operates programs in more than 50 countries and the European Union. The Council believes exports are vital to global economic development and to U.S. agriculture’s profitability. Detailed information about the Council and its programs is online at www.grains.org.