"Production of dates in Israel goes up every year"

Upcoming crops look promising, the reason is that growers pruned their orchards so that trees had fewer branches than in past years, that means that the tree's resources are spread among fewer dates, explains Avi Dagul from Field Produce Marketing.

"The result is a crop that will likely feature bigger fruit. Volume will be the same as that of last year, or even larger, due to plantings that have kept with the trend of increasing every year by about 15 percent.  We will have about 5,000 hectares of palms this year," says the founder & CEO of the Israeli company. "Last year we had about 4,500 hectares. Production of dates in Israel goes up every year, and I believe in the Arava area they will produce more of the Medjool type."