By Raed Omari
AMMAN – The government has completed all the necessary procedures to export Jordanian agricultural produce to Saudi Arabia in accordance with the “agreed upon mechanism” with authorities in the Gulf state, an agriculture ministry official said on Thursday.
With the joint efforts of the ministry and the Foodstuff Traders Association, farmers, traders and logistics providers are now ready to export fruits and vegetables to Saudi Arabia as per the requirements and conditions set by Saudi authorities, Mohammad Fawaeer, head of the crop and production unit at the ministry, told The Jordan Times in a phone interview.
“Not a single shipment of agricultural produce has yet been sent to Saudi Arabia,” he said, adding that “we have finalised all the requirements and sent a memorandum to Saudi authorities informing them about our readiness to embark on the exporting process”.
Indicating that agricultural produce will start soon entering Saudi markets after being banned for almost 20 years, Fawaeer noted that the first shipment will be from farms in Mafraq Governorate, which will be ready for export after June 10.