Sector witnessed 14 per cent drop in exports last year.
A set of measures will be implemented this year to address agricultural marketing bottleneck and strengthen the resilience of the agriculture sector, which saw a 14 per cent drop in its exports last year, according to a senior government official.
The measures entail supporting farmers, launching government-based agricultural production projects, exploring new means and portals for exporting fruits and vegetables, modernising agricultural guidance and restructuring the ministry among other measures to recuperate agriculture in Jordan, Agriculture Minister Khaled Hneifat said.
The action plan seeks to stop the agricultural sector from a deterioration that started with the Syrian crisis in 2011 and worsened with the consecutive borders closures with Syria and Iraq, Hneifat said.
“There’s no country in the world suffering as much as Jordan does in terms of agricultural marketing congestion…, the regional turmoil post the Syria conflict has affected all the sectors, but agriculture was the most-hit by the regional instability because it is the most fragile sector,” Hneifat told The Jordan Times in a recent interview.
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