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Series of measures for all olive oil production and export chains (Chahed)

Published the:  23/11/2019

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(TAP) – A Cabinet meeting on the 2019/2020 olive season held earlier this week took a series of measures for all the olive production and export chains, caretaker Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said on Saturday.

Speaking during a visit to a pilot project for the production, processing and export of organic oil located in Tukaber, Medjez El Bab, Beja Governorate, Chahed added these decision provide for supporting the olive oil sector and enhancing the value of the product, by addressing in particular the issue of debt of the sector’s professionals and supporting export through land and sea transport.

He also stated that his visit to this pilot project and its inspection at all stages of production, from harvesting to packaging, "is part of monitor the process of olive picking that began several weeks ago and the record harvest estimated at 350 thousand tonnes of olive oil, i.e. foreign exchange earnings that should exceed 2 billion dinars".

He called for the need to prepare for this extraordinary season and to help producers to facilitate the promotion of this product and capture new markets, such as the Asian market in addition to traditional markets.

Virgin olive oil exports in the Tukaber region grew from 15% in 2014 to 100% in 2019 after this pilot project became a full exporter.

Virgin olive oil is exported to several countries, including Canada, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Japan, the project owner, Mohamed Ben Ismail, told TAP.

He added that "this field, which has been operational since the 1960s, created in 2018 an oil mill that uses an organic production system in all stages of production, entirely for export".

The Ben Ismail estate has received several international awards, including the gold medal awarded by the National Oil Office for the best oil in 2019, the international prize awarded by the International Academy of Gastronomy and other prizes awarded by Italy and the cities of Los Angeles (USA) and London, in addition to Spain, the project manager added