Jordan resumes fruits and vegetable exports to Saudi Arabia after 21-year ban

Ahram Online, Wednesday 6 Jul 2011

Freeze on produce exports finally comes to an end as Jordan pledges to only supply crops irrigated by underground water wells

Jordan Fruits
A fruit vendor in Amman, January 2011. (Photo: Reuters)

Jordan will resume the export of fruit and vegetables to Saudi Arabia after a 21-year ban on agricultural products was lifted. 

Jordan has met all conditions set by Saudi Arabia on the import of agricultural produce said Mohammad Fawaeer, head of the crop and production unit at the Ministry of Agriculture. 
Shipments were halted after Saudi allegations that Jordan used wastewater for irrigation. 
All fruits and vegetables exported to Saudi Arabia will be from crops planted in Mafraq governorate, where crops are only irrigated by underground water wells. 
Jordan exported 213,228 tonnes of fruits and vegetables to Saudi Arabia in 1990, the last year before the ban on Jordanian exports of fruits and vegetables.
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