Opportunities for Economic Growth Through Value Addition of Date Fruit

Today (13th June, 2023), PHDEC conducted the webinar on the topic of “Opportunities for Economic Growth Through Value Addition of Date Fruit.”

The aim of the webinar was to discuss and enlighten the growers/farmers/processors on the value-addition of date and the impact of value-addition on the economy by enhancing exports as Pakistan is the 5th largest date-producing country.

Dr. Ahmad Din, Assistant Professor from the Department of Food Science and Technology University of Agriculture, Faisalabad gave a detailed presentation on Limitations for date palm cultivation and processing in Pakistan, value-addition of dates globally, value-added products like date paste, date halwa & date syrup, potential of value-addition, therapeutic properties of dates, regular monitoring and pesticide treatment, usage of drip irrigation in drought areas and affordable facilities based on advanced technologies etc.

A large number of current and potential growers/farmers, R&D, entrepreneurs and academia participated in the webinar and valued the PHDEC’s initiative.