Ambitious to beat Spain, Pakistan is on the way to become world’s largest olive producer

Every year, Pakistan imports over $2 billion worth of edible oil.

  • Pakistan has more suitable land for olive cultivation than Spain.
  • Experts say that Pakistan has more than 3.5 million hectares suitable for tree plantation, particularly for olive growth.

Pakistan is ambitious to beat Spain and become the world’s biggest olive producer. We are working to increase olive production to help in reconstructing the economy.

Suitable for cultivation:

The country has more land suitable for olive cultivation than Spain. Currently, Spain is the largest olive producer in the world.

While talking to a media source, Agriculture Expert Kamal Haider said that:

“Every year Pakistan imports over $2 billion worth of edible oil”.

Moreover, the backbone of the country depends on agriculture; but very little attention has been dedicated to it.

However, Kamal Further added that it is good to know that a silent revolution is underway. Farmers of the country are now planting olives. This will not only help farmers to be a source of revenue but it will also strengthen its economy. It will let Pakistan save billions on imports of edible oil.

One Million Olive Trees:

The Government of Punjab launched a program to convert Pothohar into an olive valley in 2015-16. Under the project, 1 million olive trees have been planted in the area of 800 acres. Since then 750 farmers had benefitted from the project.

The potential of olive production in Pakistan is great. It will not put the country on the map of oil-exporting and olive producing countries. It will also raise revenue for poor farmers.

”The olive crop is a very useful and beneficial product for this region because this is a sort of place where you don’t have many water resources”

Spain is the largest producer of olive with an area of 2.4 million hectares under cultivation. Experts say Pakistan has more than 3.5 million hectares suitable, particularly for olive growth. Moreover, the olive will also help to mitigate climate change.

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    • @sohail…where and how big is your land? You need to contact the agri dept of your community to see if your land is suitable for olive cultivation.

    • Contact BARI CHAKWAL OR Tarnab farm Peshawar. They will guide you regarding olive plantation.

    • Best place to contact is Agricultural University, or the Horticultural Society near you.
      We got a lot of help from Horticultural Society when we first embarked on this journey on our family land in Fateh Jang back in early 2000’s almost 15 years ago.

  • A little bit of shocking because original olive tree need at least 50 year to be fruitful but the artificial in 3 to 5 or less and there is big diferente of quality.

    • Modern techniques in farming, such as stem crafting has made it possible to short cut the long gestation process.

  • This is extremely important news for Pakistan. Spain also imports cheap olives from Morocco and then sells as expensive Spanish olives. We need to work on our Pakistani brand olives to get good rates.


    • Agreed, not only Morocco, a big quantity is also brought from Turkey, Syria & Palestine to Spain. Which is refined and packed as produced in Spain.
      Nevertheless, good luck to Pakistan!

  • Well mere aspiration and potential does not bring anything good to economy,unless concrete and solid planning is done and executed.People sitting in Agri extension merely focus on their personal petty benefits and don’t protect the interests of common farmers…It is not a complain rather a stark reality

  • Great news for Pakistan.
    Every bit of export will help the finances of Pakistan, if spent appropriately.

  • ماشاءاللہ
    Its very good for my country as well for the farmers of my homeland. A great article on a very useful subject.

  • Excellent! The present government should take it forward, make policy changes and provide suitable economic climate to promote cultivation of olives, as well as oil extracting industry, and make it a source of foreign exchange earner for the country.

  • It’s very beneficial for our country ….they produce more job reduce unemploymenty …… This is a possitive effect… And my last question Is there an internship for environmental science in this project?

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