Date Palm Cultivation in U.A.E
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The annual income
The annual date production in U.A.E has jumped from less than 8,000 metric tonnes (MT) in 1971 to more than 240,000 MT in 1995, an increase of about 30 fold. The date fruit import had consequently dropped from 100,000 MT (1989) to 12,000 MT (1994). The decline corresponds with an increase in the country’s production of 100,000 MT over the same period. The export of dates had also jumped from zero (0) in 1971 to above 50,000 MT in 1998 with a value of US$ 15 million. The country exports its dates to India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Pakistan.
The Red Palm Weevil
The Red Palm Weevil (RPW), Rhynchophorus ferrugineus Olive., is considered a major pest of the date palm in the Middle East where it causes severe damage. During a period of 5 years, the RPW infected trees in the UAE jumped from 1,3000 (1990) to 44,000 date palms (1995). This pest infestation is annually doubling with a rate of 2.02 and constitues a threat to the date industry in the country, as well as to the whole region.
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