No export licenses, ministry focuses on local product protection — Hneifat

Minister of Agriculture, Khalid Hneifat
Minister of Agriculture, Khaled Hneifat. (Photo: Twitter/X)
AMMAN – On Tuesday, the Minister of Agriculture, Khaled Hneifat, said that the ministry “does not grant export licenses and does not legally own export licenses, but rather grants import licenses to protect the local product,” reported Al-Mamlaka TV.اضافة اعلان

During a press conference in which he reviewed the most important achievements of the Ministry of Agriculture in 2023 and its most prominent plans for the upcoming year, Hneifat stated, “In the event that the ministry prohibits exports, cases may be raised against it, as well as the government, considering that it is not related to government work but is a private sector, where import approvals are from the ministry.”

He added that the ministry’s goal is to dig 10,000 wells this year to secure the issue of irrigation for Jordanian farmers.

He pointed out that the Ministry of Agriculture, in partnership with the private sector, has started implementing a project to cultivate 3,000 dunams of fodder, barley, and potatoes in Al-Abyad to open 300 job opportunities.

He pointed out that the completion rate in the seed bank is about 30 percent.

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