Ahmed Marei purchased a piece of land in 1924 close to Benha in the Qalyoubia province in Egypt. He moved his branch of the family from their traditional area in Sharkia province. He began cultivating the land with many different crops at the time some of which were considered very exotic such as Almonds and Apricots. However, it was one crop in particular that was of interest to him and that was Citrus. He began cultivating the majority of the land with varieties that were then commercially available. His passion paid off when he received several awards from the government on the superior quality achieved on the farm.
Hassan Marei, Sayed’s son, took the passion the family had for farming citrus and transformed it to a precise art. In the mid 1990’s he began to travel to all areas of the world from Italy, Spain, South Africa, United States, and Australia to learn more about the different varieties and cultivation methods. He established the first professional citrus nursery in Egypt and acquired varieties from some of the leading breeding programs worldwide. Along with a German grant program that began in the late 90’s the Nursery began producing superior quality trees and varieties available for farmers in Egypt to further enhance the quality of the produce and make Egypt a global player in the Citrus export business. Marei Nursery became the only nursery in Egypt recognized worldwide for the quality of the trees produced.
Hussein Marei, Hassan’s son, took the knowledge gained from all the generations passed and continued growing the business further. Seizing on the new global trends and demand for specific quality in fruit new collaborations were established with companies that have access to proprietary varieties to introduce them to Egyptian Grower’s. Furthermore, making use of the quality produce on the farm, new relationships were developed with select retailers and hotels to market the produce to high end clients and establishments. Marei Orchards and Nursery is also an ongoing and active member in many local and international NGO’s always looking to raise the bar for the citrus sector in Egypt and maintain its superiority in the field.