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5th Egypt International Date Palm Festival kicks off in Siwa
22 January 2022  -  Organization :  -  Sector/Entity :  -  Category : Industry News

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Egypt is the world's top date producer, accounting for 18% of global production, and the first in the Arab world by 23%.

Siwa- Jan 22, 2022

The Fifth Egypt International Date Palm Festival opened today in Siwa, Matrouh governorate, held under the patronage of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and runs until Jan 24.

“The government gives special attention to developing the date palm industry, being one of the promising production sectors that plays a major role in economic and social development as well as export growth and job creation,” said Ahmad Reda, associate minister for industrial affairs, in a speech delivered on behalf of Minister of Trade and Industry Nevine Gamea.

Egypt, she pointed out, is the world's top date producer, accounting for 18% of global production, and the first in the Arab world by 23%.

Gamea added that the festival is a key step to advance the date sector and boost its competiveness on international markets. To this end, the ministry is implementing a comprehensive strategy and seeks to create a global brand for Egyptian dates.

The minister further noted that there are 150 facilities for date production across the country, in the New Valley, Bahariya Oasis, Siwa, Aswan, Luxor, al-Badrashin, Fayoum, Borg al-Arab, al-Amereya, Delta, Damietta and Sharqia.

The opening ceremony was attended by Marsa Matrouh governor, the Indonesian ambassador and the secretary general of Khalifa International Award for Date Palm.

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