17 Nov

Spanish Olive’s Industry could be hit by the desertification

Winemakers in Spain could soon find themselves scrambling for juicy red grapes. People may also find olives and cheese missing from their salad plates. The olive and grape farms that thrived in the balmy Mediterranean could become relics of the past with countries like Spain facing the prospect of desertification. Almost 35 per cent of […]

13 Nov

Saudi Arabia: Al-Jouf to have an olive city

Following the success of last year’s Olive Festival, an olive city named Al-Zaytoun will be built in Al-Jouf, said Muhammad bin Al-Nasser, the city’s mayor. “A large plot with all basic amenities will be designated for the city,” Al-Nasser said, adding that he expects the city to help attract investors in olive and olive oil […]

12 Nov

Pakistan on long road to olive farming

By Bronwyn Curran, In the dry hills of Pakistan’s violence-racked frontier with Afghanistan, an olive branch is being extended from Italy to tribesmen under fire from both US drones and Taliban fighters. Rome is in the early throes of an ambitious project to convert Pakistan’s barren wild olive groves into fruit-bearers, establish new olive plantations […]

07 Nov

California, Tehama County olive crop falls short

By Geoff Johmson, The local olive oil industry is expected to boom over the coming years, but California has seen better olive harvests than 2008. As the state’s olive crop comes in, it appears an April frost and a May heat wave have knocked California’s olive crop to less than half of that of 2007. […]

05 Nov

Australian Olive producers to be hit with levy

Olive producers in South Australia will be hit with a levy to fund projects for the benefit of the industry, including promotion and research. Agriculture Minister Rory McEwen said the $6 a tonne levy was strongly supported by olive producers. “The olive industry is a growing contributor to economic development in the regional areas of […]