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The main topics of the Seventh International Date Palm Conference can be summarized as follows:

Current Status of Date Palm Cultivation.

Based on developments and experiences of the UAE and other date growing countries during the last 30 years, the following topics shall be presented:

  • UAE date palm cultivation experience;
  • Date industry in other date palm growing countries;
  • Impacts of date palm culture on the environment and desertification control.

Mejhoul Variety: Origin, Distribution and International market.

  • Mejhoul Origin and geographical distribution
  • Edapho-climatic requirements
  • Propagation techniques
  • Fruit Chemical and physical characteristics
  • Marketing standards
  • Recent large scale Mejhoul plantations
  • Mejhoul cultivation in Kingdom of Morocco, Arab Republic of Egypt, Hashemite
    Kingdom of Jordan, State of Palestine, Israel, USA, Mexico, Kingdom of Saudi
    Arabia, Republic of South Africa, and Namibia.
  • Regional and International marketing
  • Importance of Mejhoul in the date palm strategies of the MENA countries
  • Expected impact of the date palm strategies of the MENA countries on the date
    regional and international marketing
  • Conclusions and recommendations

Date Palm Improvement.

Articles prepared by eminent scientists and experts on the following subjects will be put forward for discussion:

  • Molecular and genetic engineering.
  • Germplasm and propagation.
  • Improved date palm cultural practices.
  • Importance and Advantages of Organic Date Palm cultivation.

  • Date Palm Protection.

    • Major diseases of date palm;
    • Major pests of date palm with a special focus on Red Palm Weevil;
    • Physiological disorders.

    Date Palm Processing and Marketing

    All harvest, nutritional and commercial aspects from field to consumer table will be presented:

    • Post-harvest and processing technologies;
    • Nutrition and beneficial health aspects;
    • Date conditioning and packaging;
    • Date marketing and international trade.

    Additionally, the conference will have brief invited presentations from the winners of the 2019 & 2020 Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation.

    Several round tables and brainstorming meetings will be organized. A detailed program of the conference will be e-mailed to participants before their arrival to UAE.


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