Saudi Arabia’s proposal has been approved, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has declared to make 2027 the international Year of the Date Palm.
According to the details, during the 165th annual meeting of the Council from November 30 to December 4, 2020, the recommendations of the CAAG Committee were approved. In these recommendations, it was agreed to celebrate the year 2027 as the International Year of the Palm with the efforts of Saudi Arabia. However, it will be presented to the General Assembly for final approval.
Saudi Arabia’s Permanent Representative to Rome, Dr Muhammad bin Ahmed Al-Ghamdi, attended the Food and Agricultural Organization’s working council.
The Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture said in a statement that the announcement of the World Palm Year was a significant development. The statement said that the purpose of celebrating the World Palm World is to make efforts more effective in terms of palm cultivation, production, quality and trade of palm.
Following the approval of the Food and Agricultural Organization Council of the United Nations, it has been decided to celebrate the year 2027 as the International Year of the Palm.
The Council stressed the need to raise awareness of the economic benefits and importance of sustainable agricultural production methods to millions of rural farming families and small owners, especially farmers in the Middle East and North Africa, and to encourage markets.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, global palm production covers an area of more than 1 million hectares and a total production of about 8.5 million metric tons. Its cultivation extends from Asia to Africa. 435.7 thousand hectares in Africa, 947 hectares in Europe, and 7022 hectares in the United States, while Asia and Africa are the two largest producing regions with 8.55% and 4.43% of the world’s total production, respectively.