Exemptions on imported dates will hurt local production — association

Jordan produces 25,000 tonnes of dates and exports half of it to more than 15 countries around the world. (File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — The Jordan Dates Association is calling on the Ministry of Agriculture to cancel the customs exemption decision on imported dates, considering that the decision will harm date producers in Jordan.اضافة اعلان

The association said in a letter submitted to Minister of Agriculture Khaled Al-Hanaifat, that the prices of Jordanian dates declined after COVID-19 pandemic, and became affordable to everyone, while public consumption increased and local dates competed with imported ones, according to Al-Ghad News.

The letter indicated that the Cabinet’s decision to reduce customs duties will harm the local product and lead to losing its competitive edge.

The head of the Jordanian Dates Association Engineer Anwar Haddad said in a previous statement, carried by Al-Ghad News that Jordan produces 25,000 tonnes of dates and exports half of it to more than 15 countries around the world.

He added that the volume of investments in the palm sector in Jordan amounted to half a billion dollars, and that the area planted with palms reaches 35,000 dunums, while the number of trees has reached about 550,000.

He said the date palm plantations in Jordan provide about 8,000 job opportunities, 35 percent of which are for women.

Haddad expected that the share of Jordanian production of dates in the global market would increase in the coming years due to the entry of newly planted areas into production and the continuation of the momentum of expansion in its cultivation and production, which contributes to a reduction in marketing bottlenecks facing other producers of vegetables and fruits.

For his part, secretary-general of the Ministry of Agriculture, Muhammad Al-Hiyari, confirmed that the decision was issued by the Council of Ministers, adding that the request of the Jordanian Dates Association will be studied with all seriousness, pragmatism, and interest, stressing the strong relations between the ministry and the association as they work constantly for the interest of the country and citizens.

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