The Kingdom is the second in the world in the production of dates with 1.5 million tons

The Kingdom’s Vision 2030 aimed to invest in the important natural components that the country is rich in, especially food and agricultural crops, and sought to make the dates sector one of the most important sectors that inaugurate the era of national investments and exports to countries around the world.

According to the report of the National Center for Palms and Dates and the General Authority for Statistics, dates exports in the Kingdom reached 107 countries in 2020, which confirms the great development of marketing the product and the expansion of its export than in previous years.

The value of exports of dates grew by 7.1%, at a value of 927 million riyals, while the increase in the amount of exports of dates in the same year amounted to 17% to reach 215 thousand tons, while the Kingdom produces more than 1.5 million tons of dates every year and ranks second in the world as the most Date producing countries.

The Kingdom seeks to raise the level of its exports globally and promote the Saudi dates brand by improving the quality of production in farms and production in factories, improving the quality of exported dates and encouraging investment in the palm and dates sector.

Within the framework of operating and developing the current farms, the National Center for Palms and Dates seeks to create an integrated system of agricultural, logistical, marketing and knowledge services and adopt modern technologies to achieve production efficiency and increase the rate of consumption of Saudi dates locally and globally, as the Kingdom embraces more than 31 million palm trees and more than 123,000 agricultural holdings. .

The palm and date sector contributes to many manufacturing and food industries, including food, fodder and other industries such as medical and cosmetic products and building materials industries. The number of date factories in the Kingdom is 157.

The manufacturing industries for palms and dates are one of the most important industries in the world, which indicates their development in many countries producing and consuming dates.

Since the launch of the Saudi Dates brand, the number of palms with the mark has reached 1.7 million, and constitutes 5% of the total number of palm trees in the Kingdom, while 42 factories, 41 farms and 24 companies have acquired, in addition to many farms and factories that are under the process of joining and achieving the conditions for joining the brand.

The revenues of dates can form record and large numbers, especially after developing the supply chain for farms through the launch of a number of post-harvest service centers, which will allow farmers to benefit from the services provided such as packaging, cleaning and storage, in addition to marketing products, which will have a significant impact on the farms and the sector. Year.

The CEO of the National Center for Palms and Dates, Dr. Muhammad bin Fahd Al-Nuwairan, stated that the center, in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, is implementing several programs to develop the dates sector in the Kingdom, raise its efficiency and enhance its productivity, which will enhance the arrival of Saudi dates to the countries targeted for export and that Saudi dates become the first source of dates in the world.

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