Jordan produces 14pct of world’s medjool date

Amman, Jordan has around 500,000 medjool date palms accounting for 14 percent of the world’s production of this high-value date variety, Minister of Agriculture and Environment Ibrahim Shahahdeh said Sunday.

The minister made the statement at a press conference held to announce the agenda of the first edition of the International Festival of Jordanian Dates, which will be organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation in Amman from 16 to 18 October.

Secretary General of the Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation Dr. Abdul Wahab Zayed, said 45 participants will be taking in the exhibition, representing four Arab countries, namely Jordan, Egypt, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates.

The festival will include a scientific symposium involving more than twenty researchers and academics specialized in date palm from various countries of the world, to show the latest scientific research and development in dates cultivation and production.

President of the Jordan Dates Association Anwar Haddad stressed that the dates sector is a lever for national agriculture, noting that the value of Jordan’s dates exports, especially medjool dates, amounts to $100 million annually, and expected Jordan’s exports of dates to increase by up to 80 percent.

Source: Jordan News Agency