Ahad 03 Mar 2024 06:15 WIB

Saudi Arabian Date Exports Increase by 14 Percent

Number of importing countries increases to 119 countries.

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Umrah worshippers shop for dates while at the Date Market in Medina, Saudi Arabia, Friday (5/5/2023).
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Umrah worshippers shop for dates while at the Date Market in Medina, Saudi Arabia, Friday (5/5/2023).

REPUBLICA.CO.ID, RIYADH -- Saudi Arabia's National Date Center (NCPD) announced a significant 14 percent growth in the value of Saudi date exports by 2023. This increase in exports amounted to 1.462 billion Saudi riyals or Rp 6.12 trillion from the previous year.

Reported from the Saudi Gazette, Saturday (2/3/2024), this marks an impressive expansion in the global footprint of Saudi dates. The number of importing countries increased to 119 countries.

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Since 2016, the total value of exports, including date products has jumped 152.5 percent from 579 million saudi riyals to 1,462 billion saudi riyals in 2023, showing a strong compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.3 percent.

NCPD Chief Executive Mohammed Alnuwairan, attributes this success to the combined efforts of leadership, date palm producers, exporters, and public agencies. These collaborative initiatives have included participation in local and international exhibitions, organizing business missions, streamlining export procedures, and engaging with the private sector under a cohesive strategy to increase date exports.

The export market for Saudi dates has seen tremendous growth, particularly in China. Exports to China jumped by 121 percent in 2023, compared with 2022. France also saw a significant increase of 16 per cent, while Singapore and Korea experienced substantial growth with imports increasing by 86 per cent and 24 per cent respectively.

Underlying this success is a significant improvement in the quality and production of processed date products, enhanced by local and international marketing efforts.

Alnuwairan emphasized the NCPD's ambitious goal, in partnership with the private sector, to position Saudi dates as the top choice for consumers worldwide. Strategies to achieve this goal include expanding national exports of date and date products, improving agricultural and industrial practices for better quality, providing vital marketing services and industry information, and supporting the date palm sector through various initiatives


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