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Medjool Dates

Project Description

The oasis is always known for their palm trees. Atlas Siwa’s location in the western desert, Siwa Oasis, gives us the perfect conditions and the opportunity to cultivate the highest quality of palm trees, from those types is Medjool.

Medjool dates are considered one of the finest dates in the European and American market, making them connected to Export and foreign currencies.
We plan to cultivate and produce high-grade Medjool dates for export, and introduce such investment to others to join.

The Project is based upon 2 pillars , the first one is cultivating the Medjool dates in Atlas Siwa’s farms in Siwa Oasis , the location was chosen based its suitability to cultivate such dates since the location meet all the necessary conditions to plant the Medjool dates.

The second pillar is the exportation of the dates to be sold abroad, since there is an obvious high demand on the Medjool dates in the international market, reason being that there isn’t too many producers of the dates to meet the quality of exportation, another reason is the dates high price in all markets either domestic or international.

Project Starting Date15.4.2019

Project EndIn Progress

CategoryAgriculture & Investment

Agriculture Process

The cultivation of Medjool palm trees is known to be in areas with the most sunshine for their best growth. Palm trees does not prefer rainfall, and that’s why the oasis is a perfect match for palm trees to grow and flower the highest grade of dates. Atlas Siwa has started the plantation of almost 50 acres, and scheduled to cultivate 50 acres more by 2019, making the total cultivated land 200 acres of Medjool palm trees by 2020.

Our operations worked on preparing the soil for the plantation process, as palm trees require well-drained deep sandy loam soils. The soil should have the ability to hold the moisture, and be free from calcium carbonate and should not have any hard pan for better root development. We used off-shoots emerging from the base of mother palm trees, as propagating seeds may result in poor quality of fruits, on the other hand, using off-shoots would result in higher quality of dates.

Palm trees are perennial in nature and having long life about 50 years, it is essential to have proper spacing between the plants. In our site, we adopted the square planting system and 10 meters distance between the rows is maintained for proper growth. The plant density is about 40 plants per acre and 5% of those must be male off-shoots to provide adequate pollen-grains, since dates are dioecious fruits.


Work Scope

Palm tree dates will be ready for harvesting after 4 years of planting, but yield would be less in initial stages. We process the stage using the most efficient and careful methods in order not to harm the fruit, and make sure of quality level, using natural and beneficial drying techniques. The harvest of Medjool dates would start around 10~15 KGs, and would reach approx. 80~100 KGs at older ages (at the 8th year). Most of Atlas Siwa’s production is exported and placed in the international market, and that would nationally benefit the economy.

  • Product Exporting
  • Research and development
  • Quality and valuable product
  • Investment Opportunity

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