Saudi Date Exports Record 14.6% Rise in 2019

Saudi Date Exports Record 14.6% Rise in 2019
Saudi Date Exports Record 14.6% Rise in 2019

The Saudi National Center for Palms and Dates revealed a rise in exports of Saudi dates; it rose by 14.6% during 2019 compared to 2018. So it reaches about SR 865 million ($230.6 million), compared to SR 755 million ($201.3 million) the previous year.

Statistics showed an increase in export quantities by 13.5% for the year 2019. Exports reached 184,000 tons of dates, compared to 2018, amounting to 162,000 tons.

These achievements are outcomes of the work done by the Ministry of Environment, Water, Agriculture, and the National Center for Palms and Date in addition to the efforts of relevant authorities, and they contribute to the goals of Kingdom Vision 2030 on diversifying the national income.

It is worth noting that the Kingdom has more than 30 million palm trees that produce 1.4 million tons of the finest dates annually.

The center reaffirms its tireless commitment to developing the date and palm sector in the Kingdom so that Saudi Arabia leads the world in the production, marketing, and manufacture of dates.

It is also focuses on investing in available natural opportunities and turning them into solid economic bases.

Last January, the General Authority for SMEs "Monshaat" launched a 15-week program; it aims to develop SMEs through offering the best local and international practices in the agricultural sector. Besides, displaying products or services to investors directly.

Madinah province Governor Prince Faisal bin Salman, last December, launched a services center project; it aims to provide date farmers with agricultural, logistic and marketing assistance.