Tunisia: Dates - Exports Post Noticeable Increase

Tunis — Exports of Tunisia's dates reached over 90 thousand tons, worth 310.4 million Tunisian dinars (MTD) during the period from October 1, 2011 to August 15, 2012, against 78,392 tons and a value of 271.7 MTD in the same period last season, posting a noticeable increase compared to the last five seasons.

This growth is due, according to the Agriculture Ministry, to the resumption of exports of "Deglet Nour" which were up 9%, compared with the last season.

Meanwhile, sales of dates for the Maghreb market increased by 7,500 tons, compared to the previous season, along with those dedicated to the Malaysian market which comes fourth in countries importing Tunisian dates, with 4,761 tons, that is up 50%.

As for the Indonesian market, it absorbed 2,828 tons of the overall volume of Tunisian dates exports, i.e. up 36%.

Tunisia ranks first in the world in the value of dates exports which go to 65 countries.

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