Tunisia's olive oil exports rose by 53 percent to 167,700 tonnes last year. More here from Reuters.
The value of Tunisia's olive oil exports grew to 828.9 million dinars last year from 476.7 million in 2005 as a result of the poor crop in Spain.
Reuter's report Tunisia's domestic olive crop grew to 220,000 tonnes from 130,000 tonnes in 2005, compared to an average 145,000 tonnes over the past decade. The Government says it expects a crop of 170,000 tonnes this year.
Tarek Amara and Zakia Abdennebi have reuters carried article on redevelopment of the olive oil industry in Tunisia and Morocco. Some posts from the olive blog tour of Tunisia are here in Cathage and for Bardo Museum here and here.
Maryam in Marakesh posted back to say she is looking for a local grower in Marakesh to identify the variety of olive tress in her grove. If you have no luck identifying your trees locally, the olive blog would be happy to link to your My Marakesh blog if you post a few photos (close ups)there of the trees and a reader familiar with that variety might be able to help. In any case good luck with your terrific blog and adventure in Marakesh.
South African Environmental Affairs and Tourism minister Martinus van Schalkwyk, at the opening of the National Climate Change Conference, has urged farmers to consider switching crops in view of global warming. The examples given were to move from dairy to meat production, or from apples to olives and grapes. South Africa already has a thriving olive industry. That being said global warming could shift olive production to new locations.
Today's UK Independent has a good article on trekking in Morocco's mountains. There are some terrific photos of the area at this travel site. You can read about the Moroccan olive industry here. Meanwhile back to the wonderful images conjured by the the Indy article:
"...we were deposited at Hotel Ait Ben Moro, deep in the south of the country on the road out of Ouarzazate. This unprepossessing staging-post town has made a name for itself as Morocco's Hollywood and is home to two massive movie studios where films such as Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia were shot.Ben Moro, another majestic converted kasbah, couldn't be further removed from Tamadot. Built in the 18th century, this crenellated fortress houses 16 functional rooms within its thick mud-and-straw rendered walls. A delightfully rustic and simple affair, the hotel is staffed by a handful of laid-back locals and the entertainment revolves around nibbling olives while watching the sun set over palm groves from the open-air terrace."