Agricultural exports up 17% in Q3 of 2021, at JD734m

Farmers collect agricultural crops in a farm in Jordan. (File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — Jordan’s agricultural exports picked up by 17 percent in the third quarter of 2021, reaching JD734 million, compared to JD639 million in the same period in 2020, said Minister of Agriculture Khaled Hneifat, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

In a statement on Sunday, Hneifat pointed out that agricultural exports made up 17.1 percent of the Kingdom’s total exports in the third quarter of 2021, compared to 15.1 percent in the same period of 2020.

The quantity of agricultural exports also increased, amounting to 475,000 tonnes, of which 161,000 tonnes were exported to Saudi Arabia, the minister said, adding that exports to other markets, including Bahrain and Oman, have recovered. The minister said agricultural shipments to Egypt had surged to their highest levels since 2010.

The measures taken by the ministry in 2021 focused on enforcing quality and food safety standards, said Hneifat, adding that 27,750 samples were collected from imported agricultural shipments in the third quarter of last year, while 36,250 samples were collected from outbound shipments.

Hneifat said that about 61,000 tonnes of imported agricultural produce were either resent to their place of origin or destroyed after failing to meet Jordanian standards.

The ministry is working closely with all stakeholders to remove obstacles hindering the flow of Jordanian agricultural produce to foreign markets, and all pertinent export issues are discussed with international partners and Arab ministers of agriculture at various international meetings and events, the minister said.

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