The UAE-assisted dates processing factory has commenced production in Panjgur, Balochistan.
The factory was built by the UAE-Pakistan Assistance Program (PAP) and sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD).
The project is built at a cost of US$ 6.36 million dollars and comes within the framework of the continuous support of the UAE to Pakistan by initiating a number of humanitarian and development projects.
While addressing the launching ceremony, the Director of UAE PAP Abdullah Khalifa Al Ghafli said that the start of production at the Panjgur dates processing factory coincides with the beginning of the Holy Month of Ramadan and the urgent need of Pakistani families for high-quality dates as the main food item on their Iftar tables.
The director emphasized the significance of the Panjgur dates processing factory project since Pakistan is the sixth-largest producer of dates in the world, with a production capacity of 556,000 tonnes per year.
This project represents the start of a new stage for date production in Pakistan, which will expand interest in its agricultural resources and support its food security policy, he said.
The project is built over an area of 5,710 square meters, keeping in view the highest international specifications and standards, in terms of processing, packaging, and the storing of dates.
With a production capacity of 4 tonnes per hour or 32000 tonnes per day, the factory includes 15 production lines and contains refrigeration that can store up to 1,500 tonnes of ready-made dates.
The project was funded by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) which plays a significant role in assisting and financing development projects implemented by UAE PAP.
The total financing offered by the ADHD for the projects in Pakistan, since 2013, has reached US$220 million.