Egypt Achievements

  • Quinoa considered as new crop among the crop structure in mega project of Egypt; million and half million feddan (630.252 hectare).
  • The project succeeded in growing all new quinoa accessions in research stations and also with private sectors under harsh conditions of sandy soils with new irrigation systems to save water.
  • The most important findings of this project is to overcome the barrier of the productivity of quinoa to 2.380 tons per hectare under harsh conditions of sandy soil, the targeted areas for growing Quinoa in Egypt.
  • The topmost genotypes performed well at the three locations and gave the highest grain yield, 2-3 ton/ha; Q27, Q26, Q22, Q31, Q18, Q19 and Q12.
Promising genotypes Q12 Q18 Q19 Q22 Q26 Q27 Q31
Grain yield/ ha (ton) 2.1 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.7 3.2 2.2
Saponin content (g/100g) 7.7 7.8 6.7 7.7 7.5 6.8 7.8
Life cycle (day) 123 130 138 130 130 130 130
  • The above mentioned genotypes will be further evaluated under different conditions in order to be registered as a new varieties (i.e., MISR-1).
  • The project succeeded in producing some products of quinoa crop in minor scale like seeds for planting, grains, flour, bread, free gluten products and hay for animal feed.
  • Producing high nutrition bread (10-20%) Quinoa flour. - Producing high nutritional value of gluten-free bakery product for celiac disease using germinated quinoa flour (25-50%).
  • Eight field days, four workshops inside and outside country, seminar, study tour, exhibition, booklet in Arabic language and web page on facebook was founded in the link below to share information and new activities about Quinoa as a new crop among all stockholders were achieved.
  • Supporting Green Desert Egypt Association (NGO) through conducting (VCU) test required for registration “QUINOA-1” as new variety of quinoa.
  • Supporting Al-Ahmady Company (private sector) to grow quinoa in Wadi El-Natrun region;
  • Supporting The Egyptian Company for Natural Oils (Private sector) in conducting (VCU) test for 1st season (2014/2015) to register a new variety of quinoa “NatOil-1”;
  • Providing researchers and post-graduate with quinoa seeds.