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Jodan Minister of Agriculture, Khaled Hneifat:

‘Agricultural sector on path to recovery’

At the start of this week, Minister of Agriculture Khaled Hneifat said that Jordan’s agricultural sector is on the path to recovery from the pandemic. The actual agricultural growth rate for Q2 of 2021 is marked 3.5 per cent, which is higher than the economic growth rate of only 3.2 per cent.

Hneifat added that the agricultural sector has adapted to the pandemic-induced economic crisis and has even contributed to the growth of other economic sectors in the country.  The agricultural sector’s exports valued JD390 million during the second quarter of this year, which equates to a 17.4 per cent increase compared with 2020, according to the Department of Statistics (DoS).

Economist Ahmad Shuhabi told The Jordan Times that agriculture contributes to social income and provides “productive employment” to those who live in rural areas.  Shuhabi said that when the agricultural input grows with increased productivity, the income of farmers rises. Shuhabi highlighted the rise in exports results in greater foreign exchange earnings. 

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