No legal barriers to exporting vegetables to Israel

But consider the circumstances — Hneifat

Minister of Agriculture Khaled Hneifat
Minister of Agriculture Khaled Hneifat. (Photo: Twitter/X)
AMMAN — The Minister of Agriculture Khaled Hneifat, stated that there is no legal mechanism preventing vegetable traders from exporting to Israel. However, he advised them to be more considerate in these circumstances, emphasizing that the local agricultural sector is not significantly affected by regional and global ramifications, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.اضافة اعلان

Hneifat stressed the vital role of the agricultural sector, contributing around 20 percent to Jordan's economy and supporting employment, poverty reduction, rural development, and women's empowerment.

Regarding the National Plan for Sustainable Agriculture, Hneifat highlighted that it has been adopted by the private sector, involving Jordanian farmers, noting the plan's achievements and its role in building agricultural infrastructure.

Additionally, Hneifat discussed the sector's broader impact beyond its direct contributions, involving related industries. About 15 percent of Jordan's workforce is engaged in agriculture, which includes permanent, seasonal, family, and migrant workers. Regarding agricultural financing, he mentioned the Agricultural Credit Institutions’ (ACC) qualitative shift in the past two years, especially in 2023, with its loan portfolio reaching approximately JD115 million. The positive trend includes lending around JD160 million to Jordanian farmers in the past two years, with JD60 million provided without interest to encourage hydroponic and aquaponic farming to self-sufficiency.

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