Saudi Arabia produces over 1.6mln tons of dates annually

Saudi Arabia produces over 1.6mln tons of dates annually

RIYADH — Saudi Arabia, which produces more than 300 varieties of dates, tops globally in exporting the fruit, the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture (MEWA) has announced. It said the annual output of dates in the Kingdom exceeds 1.6 million tons. MEWA said the Kingdom has witnessed a 5.4% increase in the export of dates and its derivatives in 2022, compared to 2021. The total quantity of exports exceeded 321,000 tons, with a value of SR1.28 billion The increase was 121% compared to 2016 when the exports amounted to SR578 million, or 134,000 tons. As for the dates exports during the Q1 of the current year, there was growth of 2.5% compared to the same period in 2022, with a value exceeding SR566 million. Saudi dates are exported to 111 countries across the world. Saudi Arabia is seeing huge growth in the production of dates and its derivatives with the application of the latest technologies and the highest quality standards in the process, which led to a boost in exports, placing the country at the top of the list of date exporters globally in 2021. MEWA said the number of date palms in Saudi Arabia exceeded 34 million trees