The date harvest for this season is estimated at 241,500 tons, including 182,500 tons of the variety of Deglet Nour, slightly down 2% compared to the last season (246 thousand tons) with an improvement in the quality of dates.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries said in a statement that exports of dates have reached 106,000 tons, until September 5, 2016, generating revenues estimated at 454 million Tunisian dinars (MTD), against 97,000 tons and 449 MTD during the same period last year.
The Department of Agriculture said sales of standing crops in the governorate of Tozeur began in mid-July 2016 and have exceeded 62% of the harvest to date.
Regarding the protection of dates, the same source said 5.81 million clusters of dates from a total of 9.25 million (63%) were covered with plastic bags while mosquito net use affected 2.2 million clusters of dates from a total of 8.1 million (27%).
The total area of palm groves in Tunisia is estimated at 53,800 ha, of which 67% (36,000 ha) in the governorate of Kebili, 15% (8,400 ha) in the governorate of Tozeur and 13% (6,800 ha) in Gabes.