Office of Olive Plan

This office comprises of certain groups having thematic commitments as follows:

A. Reformation, renovation and improvement of olive orchards;

- Investigation and site-selection for olive orchards;

- Identification of specific/olive projects;

- Planning and following up on water harvesting schemes;

- Monitoring on olive orchards establishment followed by soliciting and evaluation of provincial reports;

- Derivation of technical instructions for irrigated / rain–fed olive orchards establishment under varying climatic conditions;

- Analyzing the existing management style on olive orchards ;

- Preparation of technical guidelines on pruning, nutrition and grafting followed by surveillance on managerial operation and on farm-supervisors of olive orchards;

- Planning for raising fund and supervising on its expending and execution of activities by contractors;

B. Group of processing, quality improvement and mechanization:

- Planning and pursuing for working capitals;

- Need-assessment of processing plants creation in regard to growing poles;

- Monitoring and evaluation of harvesting stage and processing affairs ;

- Coordination with mechanization center for upgrading the Mechanization Index ;

- International Olive Council (IOC) and upgrading related know-how:

- Coordination and need–assessment on holding national / int’l courses with foreign instructors for Iranian experts/managers;

- Survival and activation of the ” Test Panel” for evaluation of olive-oil quality followed by updating standards in olive-oil processing plants;

- Planning , budgeting and crediting in olive projects;

- Drafting and coordinating on agreements for further conclusion;

- Preparing operational and financial plans for provincial growers;

- Incorporating key parameters within the 6th National Development Plan for olive promotion;

- Conducing every task related to provincial credits and statistics;

- Supporting technical supervisors of olive farming and related businesses in provinces ;

Opportunities in supporting olive farming:

- Need for importation of 1 million tons / year of various oils and hence, olive oil accounts for a fair alternative;

- Existence of precious olive germ-plasm scattered over 15 provinces posing less irrigation requirement and higher productivity;

- Prolong economic span with less inputs and wider adaptability to climatic variances;

- Existence of 6 olive research stations across the country supported by qualified experts;

- Conducted feasibility studies in 11 provinces and identification of 395000 ha potential sites for olive cultivation:

- Accessing to IOC scientific/field know-how on olive growing for practitioners / experts and animators :

Challenges in olive farming:

- Failure of certain olive orchards in some provinces which need for grafting and rehabilitation;

- Huge and outstanding dues imposed on olive growers owing to unpaid installments;

- Greater tendency showed by farmers to produce conserved olives rather than extraction of olive oil;

- Poor availability of proper cultivars to meet climatic variances worsen by lack of integrated management on olive plantation strategy;

- Sever water scarcity with worn–out irrigation systems and low-mechanization index;

- Poor participation of private sector in this business;

- Inadequate transfer of findings to traditional olive fields;

National policy on olive:

- Increasing productivity of olive oil for self sufficiency improvement;

- Encouraging greater consumption of olive oil for enhanced nutrition and social health;

- Improving irrigation productivity and wider mechanization influence in olive orchards;

Quantitative scopes:

- Production of 26000 tons of olive oil by the end of the 6th National Development Plan;

- Conducting needed operation for developing olive orchards over 51537 ha.

- Taking reformation actions in 46440 ha. of olive plots to upscale productivity and control pests and diseases;

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