The company has started cultivating palm trees on 1000
feddans in Bahariya Oasis in Egypt's
Western Desert, Tareq Qabil said, noting that
Bahariya Oasis' output of date exceeds 60,000 tons annually.
The company will soon take needed measures to set up a factory for producing dates, he said.
Qabil said the ministry seeks to boost quality and production
of date in Egypt in order to
give momentum to Egypt's
date exports and, hence, create more jobs.
He said Egypt
ranked number 1 in
date production at the international level as it produces 18% of international
He underlined the importance of marketing and branding
Egyptian date products to help boost their competitiveness as well as their
spread in local and regional markets.
said the company is interested in investing in the Egyptian market since 2002.
He said the Egyptian market is a promising date market in the
Middle East and Africa.
He said coordination is underway with the Egyptian Trade and
Industry Ministry to facilitate transportation and storage of high quality
He noted that the company seeks to
benefit from the facilities offered by the ministry, including easing
participation in exhibitions and securing skilled workers and specialized
expertise as well as infrastructure and utilities.