Olive mills produce 200,000 cubic meters of wastewater per year

Olive Mill
Jordan produces 150,000 tonnes of olives per year. (File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — General Manager of the National Agriculture Research Center sponsored a workshop Thursday on “extracting olive oil techniques and olive mill wastewater treatment” organized by Jordan Olive Oil Mills and Producer Syndicate, Ad-Dustour daily reported.اضافة اعلان

President of the Jordan Olive Oil Products Exporters Association  Fayyad Al-Ziod noted that 80 percent of olives in Jordan are used in oil production. As a result, solutions must be found for the challenges facing the olive sector, foremost of which is olive mill wastewater, he said, emphasizing and applauding the leading role of the National Center for Agricultural Research’s efforts.

The Kingdom produces 150,000 tonnes of olives per year, of which 80 percent is used to produce 23,000 tonnes of olive oil. The pressing process yields 40,000–50,000 tonnes of olive peat and 150,000–200,000 cubic meters of oil mill wastewater.

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