15 new food manufacturing factories established in 2023

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AMMAN – On Wednesday, Minister of Agriculture, Khaled Hanifat, stated that 15 food manufacturing factories have been established in Jordan this year. These food production plans aim to create employment opportunities and organize local production as an alternative to imports. The goal is to ensure quality and competitive pricing for local products while accommodating the surplus production of vegetables and fruits.اضافة اعلان

During his meeting with the Parliamentary Financial Committee to discuss the Ministry of Agriculture’s budget for 2024, Hanifat emphasized that agriculture constitutes 20 percent of Jordan’s economy and contributes 6 percent to the total GDP, reported Al-Mamlaka TV.

He also mentioned that the Jordanian-Palestinian Company for Agricultural Product Marketing started with 500 plastic greenhouses, and now owns 3,500 plastic greenhouses. The company plans to double this number next year by equipping packing centers.

Furthermore, the completion of 40 percent of earth dams and reservoirs during the current and previous years is equivalent to the total completion of these structures in Jordan. A total of 115 earth dams and reservoirs have been completed, significantly benefiting livestock breeders.

Cultivate one million seedlings per year
Hanifat affirmed that the ministry aims to sustainably cultivate 10,000 dunams annually, to cultivate one million seedlings per year.

The estimated total current and capital expenditures for the Ministry of Agriculture’s budget for 2024 amount to over JD93 million.

The budget highlights the differences between the estimated allocations for 2024 and the re-estimated figures for 2023.

Notably, in current expenditures, there was an increase in the allocations for employee compensation expenses by approximately JD2.533 million due to natural salary increments, as well as remaining vacancies within the ministry and new employment scheduled for 2024.

Additionally, there was an increase in operational expenditure allocations by JD 1.017 million, primarily focused on fuel, electricity, insurance, and cleaning contracts. Furthermore, non-financial public institutions’ aid allocations increased by JD 540,000.

Conversely, there was a decrease in other expenditure allocations by JD 11,000.

Regarding capital expenditures, there was an increase in capital expenditure allocations by JD 14.165 million. This increase resulted from higher allocations for the following projects:1. Land reclamation projects: JD2.8 million.
2. Maintenance and development of agricultural services project: JD1.6 million.
3. Training Jordanian youth in agricultural professions project: JD1.5 million.
4. Support and protection of livestock wealth project: JD1.5 million.
5. Agricultural research project: JD700,000.
6. Financial harvest project: JD500,000.
7. Development of agricultural guidance system project: JD500,000.

Furthermore, allocations were earmarked for new projects, including:
1. Promoting the use of modern agricultural technology in irrigation systems: Valued at JD1.2 million.
2. Planting 10 million forest seedlings initiative: Amounting to JD750,000.
3. National seed bank project: With an allocation of JD700,000.
4. Green economy support project: Approximately JD600,000.
5. Establishment of a private agricultural marketing company: Valued at JD1,000.
6. Creation of permanent agricultural product exhibitions: Amounting to JD500,000.

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