Daily Archives: June 9, 2014

  • For Tunisia this season the olive-oil production is crucial

    According to data provided by Mohamed Ben Mohamed, CEO of the National Office for the olive oil, exports in the first four months of the year were 26,000 tons, for a total of 104.2 million dinars (220 million euro).

    Of these 60 million Euros are due to oil packaged as Tunisian while the rest is loose.

    For Tunisia, the olive-oil production supply chain is crucial, a fact that must be considered in the logic of the negotiations, when Coi and elsewhere with this country.

    A drastic drop of 74% in value and 76% in volume compared to the same period last year.

    Because of the poor performance of the oil sector, the agri-food trade deficit of Tunisia in the first four months of the year rose to 615 million dinars (1.3 billion euro) against 293 million (650 million) for the same period of ‘ previous year.

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    According to data provided by Mohamed Ben Mohamed, CEO of the National Office for the olive oil, exports in the first four months of the year were 26,000 tons, for a total of 104.2 million dinars (220 million euro). Of these 60 million Euros are due to oil packaged as Tunisian... 
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  • Healthier lifestyle behind the magic of olives and olive oil

    Olive trees have made a great impact on the civilizations of the Mediterranean for more than 4,000 years. Olives provide people with food, medicines and nourishing creams.

    Olives were not only cultivated here in Turkey, they were actually widespread and covered the Mediterranean coast. From Syria to Tunisia, from Greece to Italy, and from Crete to Spain, olives have been cultivated for more than 4,000 years.

    It was surprising for me to learn the leafy branches of olive trees were even found in Tutankhamen’s tomb. Although Hippocrates called olive oil “the great therapeutic,” in ancient Greece women used olive oil for cosmetic reasons as well.

    Olive oil was used on ancient Greek women’s skin and hair after bathing as protection from the elements and to maintain a pleasant fragrance.

    Moreover, olive oil was also mixed with grounded charcoal to create an eye shadow. The olive tree, or its branch, has been seen as a symbol of peace, victory and the endurance of life itself throughout history for most Mediterranean people. They say that it actually evokes feelings of harmony, vitality, and health.

    To be honest, my family is one of those who believe in the beneficial effects and beauty of olive trees. The leafy branches of the olive tree were used in powerful figures as emblems of faith and purification. Moreover, the branches were ritually offered to gods as well.

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    Olive trees have made a great impact on the civilizations of the Mediterranean for more than 4,000 years. Olives provide people with food, medicines and nourishing creams. Olives were not only cultivated here in Turkey, they were actually widespread and covered the Mediterranean... 
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