Dates are among the products highly consumed during Ramadan.
Rabat – The Tunisian Joint Vocational Council of Dates confirmed that Morocco imports 20,000 tonnes of Tunisian dates during the season extending from October 1st to March 15th, 2021, making it one of the top importers.
The director-general of the complex, Samir Bin Sulaiman, said in a statement to the press that Morocco comes in the lead with 20,000 tons, followed by Italy (7,000 tonnes), France (6,000 tonnes), and Germany (nearly 6,000 tonnes).
Tunisia also exported dates to Malaysia, Spain, Indonesia, Turkey, the US, and Belgium.
Exported organic dates amounted to about 6,000 tonnes with a value of 45.8 million dinars ($16.4 million)), which is equivalent to 7.4% of the total exported product, and 8.6 % of the exported value to about 31 countries.
The official explained that the quantities of Tunisian dates exported during this period amounted to 81,000 tonnes, at a value of 535.8 million dinars ($192 million), compared to 80.3 thousand tonnes, equivalent to 556.6 million dinars ($200 million) during the same period of the last season (2019-2020).
The General Director of the Professional Complex also indicated that a development of 1.8% of the exported quantities was recorded, compared to a decline of 3.7% in the value level.
The lower prices are due to intense competition from other date-producing countries, fear of suppliers, and instability at the level of foreign markets due to the continuing spread of COVID-19.
The date season (2020/2021) showed the production of 335,000 tonnes, but it faced many difficulties, including the “reluctance of suppliers to buy the product from the heads of palm trees, which made the quality significantly decline, due to their fear of the repercussions of the Coronavirus pandemic on Export format.”
Dates are among the most highly consumed products during Ramadan.
Most Moroccans eat dates with milk or water to break their fast in Ramadan.
Dates were mentioned 20 times in the Quran. Muslims traditionally break the fast with dates since the Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him, said: “When any one of you breaks his fast, let [it] with dates for that is a blessing; if there are no dates then with water, for that is a means of purification,” as narrated by al-Tirmidhi.
There are many varieties of dates, each with distinct features and taste. Some of the varieties are Deglet Nour, majhoul, and ajwa.