CAIRO - 8 October 2022: The activities of the sixth round of the International Dates Festival kicks off Saturday in Aswan city, and to last from 8 to 10 October.
The festival is organized by the Ministry of Trade and Industry and Aswan Governorate in cooperation with the Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation.
It will be attended by governorates producing, processing and exporting dates, suppliers of farm services, date factories, packaging materials and producers of handicrafts from palm waste, as well as exhibitors from Arab countries such as Jordan, Sudan and Mauritania.
The festival activities include a bazaar area to display palm products and handicrafts, and also has competitions for 9 categories submitted by 204 participants from 9 governorates, in addition to holding scientific symposia in the presence of 18 international experts and researchers, as well as presenting folkloric performances, as well as honoring producers of the finest types of dates.
The festival will also be attended by a large number of exhibitors, investors and producers from outside and inside Egypt, which parallels with providing the opportunity to market products of different types to exporters by opening direct channels of communication between farmers, traders and specialized companies to market Aswan dates, from dry and semi-dry dates in proportion to their nutritional value. It is the largest global platform specialized in marketing and investment for all products.
The festival deals with aspects of scientific and innovative support for farmers, so that roles, assignments and responsibilities are defined with the wide participation of researchers and academics at Aswan University, the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, as well as specialists in the Directorate of Agriculture, in addition to agricultural associations and senior farmers, and lectures, workshops and an international competition are organized for farmers and producers, as well as finding modern mechanisms to work on controlling palm weevils in order to preserve this agricultural wealth.
During the Dates Festival, the focus is on environmental industries and crafts based on recycling palm waste in cooperation with the private sector and civil society, which has successful experiences in Aswan.
The festival, with its various activities, is the biggest opportunity to maximize the added value of more than 3.3 million palm trees, and to attract promising investment projects, through the presentation of a number of economic feasibility studies during the festival period to launch these projects on the ground.