Government does not ban exports of olive oil, other foodstuffs to Qatar, says Majali

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AMMAN — The government did not ban exports of olive oil or other foodstuff to Qatar, according to Ministry of Agriculture spokesperson Lawrence Al-Majali.اضافة اعلان

Majali’s statements were made in light of demands by several merchants to be allowed to export certain products, particularly olive oil, to Qatar during the World Cup to improve their economic situation in view of the low local demand and poor purchasing power.

He told Jordan News that Jordan might produce 28,000 tonnes of olive oil this year, of which “20,000 tonnes for local use, 4,000 tonnes for Jordanians abroad, and 4,000 tonnes for export”.

“We are trying to take advantage of the World Cup to export and promote olive oil and various agricultural produce,” he added.

The General Syndicate of Jordanian Olive Oil Mill Owners and Olive Producers spokesperson Mahmoud Al-Omari told Jordan News that exporting Jordanian commodities could be helpful for the local market, “when they are purchased in the hard currency or attain a reputation that enables Jordan to compete in the international market”.

He stressed that “there is a huge demand, especially in the Gulf countries, for Jordanian olive oil, which has distinguished attributes”.

Ruba Daghmish, CEO of the Jordan Olive Products Exporters Association, told Jordan News that “so far, no contracts have been made in order to export olive oil to Qatar during the World Cup season”.

“Perhaps merchants who work with Qatar decided to increase their exports, due to the increased demand for olive oil in the Qatari market, but I cannot say if it is for the purpose of the World Cup,” she said.

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