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| 12 December, 2017

Tunisia's olive oil production expected to rise by 160% this season, says ministry

The national production of olive oil is expected to reach this season a quantity varying between 260 and 280 thousand tonnes

A worker pours olive oil at a traditional olive oil processing factory in Tebourba, 30 km (17 miles) from Tunis January 5, 2013.

A worker pours olive oil at a traditional olive oil processing factory in Tebourba, 30 km (17 miles) from Tunis January 5, 2013.

Reuters/Zoubeir Souissi
Tunisia  - The national production of olive oil is expected to reach this season a quantity varying between 260 and 280 thousand tonnes, that is a 160% rise compared to the past season, announced the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries, noting that the governorates of Sahel, Sfax, Sidi Bouzid and Kairouan account for 71% of the national production.

The ministry said in a press release Tuesday that olive harvesting and processing campaign had began in the first week of November in most parts of the country and reached a rate of progress of 15% at the end of November.

It is worth pointing out that the Gremda market in Sfax opened on November 5, 2017 and recorded a daily supply of around 150 tonnes, compared to 63 tonnes in the same period last season.

The overall quantity of olive sold in this market reached about 5,473.6 tonnes, 2/3 of which come from Sfax.

The number of oil mills that were operational till the end of November 2017 amounted to 786 against 507 last year, according to the same source.

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