Posted by: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Tunisian dates were exported for the 1st time to over 80 countries, including Oman and Slovenia, with record revenues of over 600 thousand dinars, according to data published on Friday by the Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries Ministry.

The date export revenues for the current season (October 1, 2017-May 24, 2018) edged up 30% in value, to 633.137 million Tunisian dinars (MD) against 489.937 during the same period in 2017.

In volume, Tunisia exported about 108,008 tonnes of dates during the current season against 94,699 tonnes during the previous one, up 14%.

This rise is due to the development of exports in the past weeks to the traditional markets, such as Morocco (+25% in exported quantities) and Spain (+56%).

It is also due to the reinforcement of work on non-traditional markets, as the United States with over 6,600 tonnes of exported dates (+92%).

Date exports towards India and Mali also edged up 168% and 82%, respectively.

The quantities of exported dates had recorded a 8.26% drop in 2017 (104.4 thousand tonnes) and revenues increased by 14.6% (557.6 MD).