In the Eritrean sub-zones of Sheib, Ghinda and Massawa sub-zones, growers are encouraged to grow palm dates. This cultivation is now being conducted through integrated effort of stakeholders. The report was made by Daniel Kesete, head of Vegetables and Fruits Farming Development at the Ministry of Agriculture branch, in the Northern Red Sea region.
Kesete indicated that the palm dates cultivated in the areas of Gurgusum, Dogali and other areas in the vicinity are in good condition and have started production to supply the local markets. Indicating that palm date is a drought resistant and the Northern and Southern Red Sea regions are suitable for the cultivation of the plant, Kesete said that Eritrea has suitable land and climate to cultivate palm dates and commercialize them locally and regionally.