The premier pointed out that he will instruct the Greater Amman Municipality (GMA) to study the possibility of allocating a plot of land to set up an exhibition in which agricultural products will be showcased one or two days a week, which would be available to all and without different marketing processes that stand between the producer and the consumer, underlining the importance of the GMA's continued support to the JEPA.
JEPA's president, Abdullah Zabin stressed the importance of the government's measures to regulate and support the agricultural sector, noting that Jordanian agricultural products are known for their top quality abroad.
In an interview with Petra on Sunday, President of the JEPA, Saadi Abu Hammad, voiced his support for the agriculture, interior and transport ministries' procedures that assisted the entry of Iraqi refrigerated trucks containing fruits and vegetables into Jordan in order to increase the exports of these products in the Iraqi market, including allocating special line for such trucks and increasing the number of border personnel for this purpose.
The JEPA president also noted that several trucks carrying Jordanian vegetables into Iraq have been detained at the Jordanian-Iraqi border due to the reluctance of Iraqi officials, which will cause large losses to farmers and exporters because the quality of the produce will be affected.
According to the JEPA
, Jordan exports around 800,000 tonnes of fruit and vegetables per annum, including about 180,000 tonnes to Syria, more than 200,000 tonnes to Iraq, and around 300,000 tonnes to the United Arab of Emirates while only 40,000 tonnes are exported to the European markets, especially to Eastern Europe and Russia.
president Zuhair Jweihan told "Petra" on Wednesday that the association participated in the exhibition for the fifth year with support by the Jordan Enterprise Development Corporation (JEDCO).
Earlier Chairperson of the Jordan Exporters and Producers Association for Fruits and Vegetables (JEPA
) Zuhair Jweihan said that the Iraqi borders authorities did not allow the Jordanian trucks to enter.