Archive for the 'Middle East' Category

23 Jun

Palestinian olive oil could soon be the 1st oil to receive Fairtrade status.

Last month, representatives of the Fairtrade Foundation and international Fairtrade Labelling Organisation (FLO) held a workshop in Ramallah on the process of certification, Fairtrade price setting and producer support for Palestinian olive farmers. Central to the workshop was Zaytoun, a UK-based co-operative community interest company (CIC). All of its suppliers attended and local co-ordination for […]

21 May

A million olive trees to make Indian desert bloom for farmers

By Rhys Blakely, The desert of Rajasthan in the north of India is to be planted with a million olive trees grown in Israel in an effort to transform the landscape and the fortunes of its struggling farmers. The countries are finalising a three-year plan on agriculture that will introduce several crops associated with the […]

11 May

Olive Oil Yields Soar with nuclear magnetic resonance

By Cynthia Graber, By correlating fruit color with oil content measured via nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), growers can find the optimal time to harvest their olives. Olive oil producers generally guess the best time to harvest their olives by checking the fruit’s color. The olive has to hit that perfect spot where they’ve just turned […]

13 Apr

International Council of Olive’s meeting will be held in Iran

Thirty-first meeting of this council will be held in Tehran in the month Khordad for two days. (IANA) – “After this meeting, which will be held with participation of representatives and specialists of member countries of this Council, an intensive training course regarding non-irrigated cultivation of Olive in Iran will be held,” said the executive […]

27 Mar

India’s olive experiment take off in Rajasthan this week

Can India become a major producer and exporter of olive oil? 50,000 sapling of various varieties will be planted near Jaipur to find the Variety most suitable to India. By Siddhartha Sarma, The agriculture board of a desert state, a micro-irrigation firm, and an Israeli company think so. Later this week, 50,000 olive saplings of […]