No Import licenses for olive oil in 2021 - minister

The pandemic and imports from Turkey and other countries caused Jordan’s olive oil exports to fall this past year, according to stakeholders. (Photo: Shutterstock)
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AMMAN — The Minister of Agriculture, Khaled Al-Hanaifat, said on Sunday, that the Ministry of Agriculture will not grant import licenses for olive oil in 2021, a measure aimed at protecting local producers.اضافة اعلان

Hanaifat said that the initial indicators for 2021 regarding the olive season are promising and better than last year’s in most regions of the Kingdom, especially in the northern and central regions.

He said that the current year's production is expected to be between 25,000 to 30,000 tons, which are quantities that meet local needs and create self-sufficiency.

Hanaifat said that there is harmony and coordination between various government institutions, the ministry, the Jordan Food and Drug Administration, and the security services, to monitor any violation or fraud in olive oil production, indicating that no violation has been reported so far.

Hanaifat confirmed that the ministry will punish any attempt at cheating in olive oil.

A ten-day olive oil festival will be held in November, the minister said, at an 11,000 square meter site, stressing that the olive oil that will be displayed at the festival will undergo rigorous examination.

People can buy olive oil at the festival that is guaranteed and checked by The Ministry of Agriculture and the National Agricultural Research Center, the minister said, adding that Jordan’s olive oil is one of the best in terms of quality as it has won a number of international awards.

The Minister of Agriculture said that the average price for olive oil will be between JD70 and JD80 per gallon tin, adding that supply and demand governs the price. He urged farmers to follow modern methods of packing.

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