Madrid � Libya and the International Olive Council (IOC) recently signed an agreement in Madrid, Spain, to provide technical and logistical support to the North Africa nation in the area of olives.
The technical agreement was signed in the presence of the Spanish Minister of Agriculture and the Director General for the Maghreb, Mediterranean and the Middle East of the Foreign Ministry, as well as the Tunisian and Egyptian Ministers of Agriculture.
The agreement is aimed at providing support for Libya in the spheres of sensory and chemical laboratories, and training, in order to ensure the export of Libyan production to all countries of the world directly from Libya and to combat disease and determine specifications in the future.
It is noteworthy that Libya, which is a founding member of the International Olive Council, has the second largest olive farm in the world after Spain.
Formerly known as the International Olive Oil Council (IOOC), the International Olive Council was established in Madrid in 1959, under the auspices of the United Nations. The name was changed in 2006. The Council promotes international technical cooperation in the areas of research and development projects, training and transfer of technology, promoting the expansion of international trade in olive oil and table olives and developing and modernizing international trade standards product and quality improvement.
The IOC currently has 17 state members plus the European Union. These states account for over 98 percent of the world's olive production.
Source: International Islamic News Agency
Category: Medical / Health Care