Concern as dates harvesting day nears

Meraj Rizvi
Filed on July 28, 2005

DUBAI The dates marketing season will begin on Saturday amid concern of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries over the quality and production of dates and any violation, which could hamper the farmers from marketing their crop of dates.

As a result, the ministry has launched an awareness campaign on guiding farmers to follow the procedures, conditions and standards required to be thoroughly met regarding the marketing and sale of dates.

The technical committees in the different agricultural zones are checking the crops to ensure they are in conformity with rules and conditions governing the sale and marketing before transporting the same to the fixed marketing centres.

The measures are taken in pursuance of the directives of the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Saeed Mohammed Al Raghabani, who is keen on helping the farmers to easily and successfully dispose off their hard-earned crop of dates.

According to Hamad Saif Al Mazroui, Director of the Agriculture Department at the Ministry, the season for marketing dates will begin on Saturday, and last till October 22. He described the season as an important event in the life of farmers, who endeavour through it to achieve their ambitions and yield the fruit of their efforts and money they put throughout the year.

In order to streamline the marketing operations and facilitate the same to the farmers in the different agricultural zones, a specific schedule has been charted out for receiving the dates kind and quality wise.

According to the schedule, Al Sayer will be received from July 30 until September 28. Other type of dates locally known as Al Kharayif will be received from July 30 until September 22. Two days have been designated to every zone (northern, eastern and central) every week and at the rate of 80 trucks laden with Al Kharayif and Al Sayer every day.

The ministry has called on all agricultural zones to ensure that dates ready for marketing have met the rules and conditions as well as the procedures for delivery and the required documents before allowing the transport of the crops to the delivery centres. The zones were also told to consider exceeding the ceiling of the production for the fixed type of dates.

The measure, he said, aimed at avoiding any violation, which could hamper the farmers from marketing their crop of dates. He called for concerted effort to extend a helping hand to farmers in marketing their crops.

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