What are top 6 biggest countries for dates production in world? Dates are used in many countries of world not only as delicious food item rather we use them to cure toe diseases as well. Ramadan is always the most meaningful month for the Dates. Dates as breaking the fast and the meal causes it to be an iconic food in this holy month. As you may know, Dates are from the eastern state. Pakistan itself has imported a lot of dates to meet domestic demand. Starting from the best quality to the relatively cheap price. The question arises, which country is the largest producer of dates in the world? Is it Saudia Arabia? Let’s look at the following.
1.Egypt Largest Palm producing Country
Egypt is able to produce 1.5 million tons of dates every year and is the largest palm-producing country on the planet, beating Iran and Algeria which ranks number 2 and 3. Date palm trees require areas such as sandy clay soils that are quite deep and dry.
The quality of the soil should also be at pH 8-11. The soil is also not dry origin, but must be able to retain moisture. In addition, the soil must also be free of calcium carbonate. Egypt has 15 million date palms scattered throughout its territory.
Recorded from year to year, Egypt only exports about 3% of the total dates manufactured. This is of course because the demand within the country of Egypt itself is also a lot and must be fulfilled. This export figure has been steadily declining since 1993. Egypt is deliberately reducing its export of dates even by 90% + from 1993.
Egypt exported 53% of its 3% export capacity to Morocco, then followed by 24% to Malaysia around 15%. This export value reached $ 41.8 million.
Following Egypt with an income of 1.5 million tons of dates each year, Iran is able to produce around 1.1 million tons of dates. This figure continues to increase from year to year. However, the date palm exports from Iran turned out to be greater than Egypt, although still relatively small for total world exports. Iran exports about 10 % of the total dates produced to various countries. Most countries that import dates from Iran are countries in Asia. The biggest importing dates from Iran are India at 19% and Malaysia around 13%. Russia also apparently imported dates from Iran by 10%.
3.Algeria with over 1 million tons Dates Yearly
Algeria is a country located in North Africa. Its area is estimated at 2 million km 2. Algeria is the 10th largest country in the world and number 1 in the Arab region. Many Algerian date palm trees grow in the mountains following various other types of flora. They grow in locations that tend to have a hotter climate and weather. Algeria is able to produce 1 million tons of dates every year.
4.Saudi Arabia with 900,000 Tons Dates
Arab countries have a climate that is not very different from previous countries. A typical area with deserts and hot weather is a suitable and fertile place for date palms to grow and develop. Saudi Arabia is able to produce around 900 thousand tons of dates every year. With the assistance of a fertile area and really suitable for date palm species, almost around 380 hectares of land are dedicated to the date palm industry and various other fruit industries.
Arabs export around 9% of their total date palm production to countries in various parts of the world. Export of dates has a value of over $ 100 million. Palm importing countries from Saudi Arabia are dominated by Jordan around 19% and Yemen around 18% and Kuwait by 16%
5.Iraq with 600,000 Tons Dates
Iraq is the fifth largest date-producing country in the world. Many think that the date palm tree originally came from the country of Iraq. Iraq’s territory which is dominated by a stretch of desert makes it an ideal place for the growth of date palms.
Iraq is able to produce around 600 thousand tons of dates every year. Around 7.3% of dates are exported to foreign countries. Once Iraq was able to produce 1 million tons of dates and have 30 million date palms. It took place in the 1980s before the war with the Iranian state. Even the production of dates has actually dropped to 400 thousand tons. But slowly the production of Iraqi dates improved because the government gave back investment.
6.Pakistan in Dates Production
Differing somewhat from the number of dates produced by Iraq, Pakistan is able to produce around over 600 thousand tons of dates annually. As one of the countries that is also dominated by desert, Pakistan has enough palm trees to meet local needs and also export to foreign countries.
Palm trees dominate many mountainous regions in the north of the country of Pakistan. Not only dates, various other types of flora also flourish in this country. Even in some areas, date palms are the most common found trees because there are so many of them. And it is the best export product that Pakistan focuses on each year.