$200M MoA deal for produce drying and packaging factories

dried tomatoes
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AMMAN — On Wednesday, Minister of Agriculture Khaled Al-Hanifat signed the 16th agreement with Sisban Corporation for Drying Vegetables and Fruits and Jumana Abu Qandil Company to establish two factories in Mafraq and Muwaqqar districts to manufacture agricultural products.اضافة اعلان

These industries play a fundamental role in accelerating economic growth, promoting social development, stimulating demand, and increasing the value added to agricultural production. Additionally, the agreement recognizes the importance of the King Hussein Bin Talal Development Area (KHBTDA) in Mafraq and the Jordan Industrial Estates Co. (JIEC), Al-Mamlaka TV and Jordan News Agency, Petra reported.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Hneifat said the establishment of the two plants comes to absorb surplus production of vegetables and fruits in the capital Amman and Mafraq governorates by drying and packaging corps and creating added value for agricultural products, which will provide locally manufactured goods.

Additionally, he noted these industries would stimulate economic activity in the Kingdom's logistics services sector, and enhance agricultural production, productivity, and innovation, which are achieved by value chain and economic stability for Jordan's rural families.

The minister added that this step would reduce imports, indicating that the two plants would create 15 direct jobs and a large number of indirect opportunities.

The Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) is set to provide JD200 million in support of the project over a period of five years, along with JD3 million for the agro-food industries complex.

The agro-food industries complex, located in the southern Jordan Valley, comprises two factories with a total of five production lines:

The first factory includes production lines for tomato processing and concentrates.

The second factory features three lines for drying vegetables and fruits, as well as two lines for freezing vegetables and fruits.

Operations at the complex are expected to commence in June, providing 2,000 employment opportunities and representing an investment of JD100.

To date, 16 factories have been financed for the food industry across various governorates. 

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