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Samir opens 6th Egypt date palm festival in Aswan
8 October 2022  -  Sector :  -  Entity :  -  Category : Industry News

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Egypt is the world's top date producer, accounting for 18% and 24% of global and Arab production respectively.

Aswan- Oct 8, 2022

Minister of Trade and Industry Ahmed Samir has inaugurated today the 6th International Egyptian Date Festival, held in Aswan on October 8-10, under the patronage of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

The opening ceremony was attended by governors of Aswan and New Valley, the Indonesian ambassador in Cairo and secretary-general of Khalifa International Award for Date Palm.

“The government is keen on boosting Egypt’s promising date sector, which greatly contributes to job creation, export growth as well as the desired economic and social development,” Samir said in his keynote speech, referring to a national drive to set up the world’s largest palm farm to house 2.5 million palm trees in Toshka and al-Owainat.

He pointed out that dates is a strategic crop, especially that Egypt is the world's top date producer with some 16 million palm trees, accounting for 18% and 24% of global and Arab production respectively.

The ministry, he added, is working on advancing the industrial and export sectors where Egypt boasts major competitive advantages, noting that there are 140 local facilities operating in the palm business- including production and packaging- in addition to around 24 exporters.

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