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‘Jordan among world’s top 10 producers of olive, olive oil’

By JT - Mar 21,2015 - Last updated at Mar 21,2015

AMMAN — Jordan comes in eighth place among olive-producing nations, with 20 million olive trees supporting 180,000 families, a Jordan Olive Products Exporters Association (JOPEA) statement said Saturday.

The annual income from olive products is estimated at around JD100 million, in addition to investments in the sector worth over hundreds of millions of dinars, the statement quoted Amman Chamber of Industry (ACI) President Ziad Homsi as saying at a press conference to announce the fourth Jordan Olive Products and Technology Exhibition (JOTEX).

JOPEA Chairman Fayyad Zyoud said
JOTEX, supported by the Agriculture Ministry and ACI, opens on Tuesday at Amman International Motor Show and continues for three days. 

Zyoud added that preparations for the event have been completed. 

Official delegations and local, Italian, German and Turkish companies will take part in JOTEX as representatives of the olive and olive oil sectors.

The exhibition aims at showing that the quality of Jordan’s olives and olive oil can compete with products from around the world, Zyoud said, according to the statement.

Organisers, he added, seek to put Jordan on the international map of olive and olive oil production and attract international investors in this sector to the Kingdom to enhance local expertise.

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