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Olive harvesting season kicks off with mill openings

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Olive presses across Jordan started receiving and pressing olives on Tuesday as the harvesting season got underway. (Photos: Amir Khalifah/Jordan News)
AMMAN — The head of the Jordan Olive Products Exporters Association, Fayyad Al-Zyoud, said that the olive presses in Irbid, Salt, Ajloun, Maan, Tafileh, Karak, and Hussainiya, have started receiving and pressing olives.اضافة اعلان

Zayoud told the Jordan News Agency, Petra, that the expected production of olive oil for this year is 22,000–24,000 thousand tonnes of oil, compared to 27,000 tonnes produced last year, explaining that the small drop in production expected this year is due to climate change, a decrease in rain, and an increase in the number of heat waves over the summer.

Zayoud added that 15–20 percent of the olives collected are pickled and the rest goes to mills for pressing.

He said added that the the National Center for Agricultural Research offer free olive oil inspections to citizens, referring to the “Check your oil before it enters your home” initiative. 

He said that another initiative, “from farm to table,” was recently launched to encourage agricultural tourism and people to purchase olive oil directly from farms during the pressing season, noting that the National Olive Festival will start on November 24 near Medical City.

For his part, the Director-General of the General Union of Farmers, Mahmoud Al-Oran, called on farmers not to wait until the rain falls in order to pick their olives.

“The rapid ripening of olive fruits in some areas is due to the heat wave that occurred last August, which is not the only one this year, but it is the longest,” he said, noting that the season was good despite climatic changes and high temperatures that lead to a major droughts in some areas.

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