Agriculture minister inaugurates 2021 National Olive Festival

Workers harvest olive fruits in a farm in Jerash in this undated photo. (Photo: Jordan News)
(Photo: Jordan News)
Balqa — On Monday, Minister of Agriculture, Khaled Hneifat, inaugurated the 2021 National Olive Festival, which falls on November 1st each year, held in Zay district in central Balqa governorate.اضافة اعلان

During the ceremony attended by the sector’s stakeholders and representative of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Jordan, Nabil Assaf, Hneifat said this event supports community cooperation and solidarity to harvest olives countrywide especially from school students.

Highlighting gov’t support to this sector, deemed the “key” national crop, he said the ministry subsidized exports by JD1 million to reduce the surplus and sign the agreements for selling installed olive oil products to government employees, Hneifat pointed out.

Noting plans to support olive farmers, Hneifat said current efforts aim to continue opening new foreign markets for olive products and backing the private sector’s role in this regard, adding that it suspended all olive oil imports to protect the local produce.

This year’s olive festival will be held on an area of 11,000 square meters for 10 days and is expected to accommodate 25% of the local olive oil product, in addition to rural marketing products from food industries and crafts, according to Hneifat.

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