ALGERIA’S PRODUCTION OF CORK EXPECTED TO DOUBLE TO 100,000 QUINTALS THIS YEAR

ALGIERS, Algeria’s cork production is expected to reach 100,000 quintals (about 10,000 tonnes) this year, says the General Manager of Forests, Ali Mahmoudi.

Speaking at the launch of this year’s cork harvesting campaign from Collo Forest in the city of Skikda, about 480 kilometres east of Algiers, on Monday, he said the harvest last year had fallen sharply to about 50,000 quintals because of fires which destroyed large tracts of cork forests last summer.

In order to protect the forests in which the cork had been planted, the harvest this year is being conducted by the Agricultural Ministry’s rural engineering group, he added.

Algeria is the world third largest cork producer after Portugal and Spain. The cork is exported mainly to the European and Asian markets and earned Algeria nearly 4our million Euros in 2017.

In this regard, he announced the signing of a partnership agreement with the Tourism and Craft Industry Ministry for the creation of leisure spaces inside the forests, which are likely to generate jobs.

Source: Nam News Network

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