Dates are making a
comeback in the international market. Gulf countries, till now solely reliant
on oil exports, are seeking to
diversify into agricultural
industries through the use of
modern horticultural and
food -processing techniques.
Omanis are taking renewed
interest in dates, which is the
largest agricultural product
of the country. The agricultural ministry of Oman has I
department of date research.
It has hired international
consultants to study methods for largescale plantation
of datepalm trees.
Now, dates are being marketed in various forms like date syrup and 'date flakes'. A company has identified 92 uses for dates, including fudge, vinegar, spaghetti sauce, steak sauce, liquid and even a coffee substitute made from roasted date pits. Datepaln , thrive in Oman's coastal area and desert oases. Once the country's major exports, dates fell into neglect during the oil boom of the '70s and '80s.
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