First Topic:

Production and Protection

This topic discusses the traditional production process of olives as well as the pre- and- post-cultivation times, tackling the following subjects:
Olive varieties and types, methods accelerating growth of olives, irrigation and fertilization, olive breeding and pruning methods, pests and controlling methods, pre-and-post harvest handling, effects of climate change on olive production.


Second Topic:

Product Manufacturing Technology and Olive Waste Management

It covers the most significant modern and innovative techniques used for manufacturing the olives and methods of waste benefits, touching upon the following subjects:
Technology application in product manufacturing, fermentation and pickles production, waste management such as olive mill waste, olive mill wastewater (zibar) etc., and environmental effects of olive waste.

Third Topic:

Product Marketing and Quality

This topic includes important strength and weakness points while practicing marketing and advertisement of olive products, discussing the following subjects:
The Palestinian olive standards, health benefits of the olive oil, marketing and control, sensory and chemical analyses of the olive oil.



Fourth Topic:

Complementarity of Roles for Better Performance of the Olive Sector

This topic defines the organizations’ roles in the olive sector development and management, considering the following subjects:
Role of the organizations, societies, local councils and research centers in the olive sector, the legal and political framework of the olive sector, the role of organizations and the farmers’ effectiveness on the legal and political framework of the olive sector, and success stories and innovations in this field.

Introduction

The olive tree is at a high significance in the economic and social lives of the Palestinian people. This means that any changes occur onto the Palestinian olive industry may lead to long-term affecting results at the national, economic, social and political levels. The olive tree occupies 67.3% of the planted lands in the West Bank, and 85% of the total area of planted productive trees in the Gaza Strip. The areas planted with olive trees were at approximate number of 541460 dunums in 2010: 81.4% of which are rainfed areas (PCBS, 2010).

The production size of olives is fluctuating from one year to another as a result of the alternate bearing phenomenon, the rainfall fluctuation and distribution, the poor service, and sometimes the old age of the olive trees, affecting the quantity of the olive oil production. Despite of the large increasing areas of olives, the annual production rate of the olive oil has still not noticeably changed. The annual production rate of the olive fruit reached up to 581651 ton in 2012 i.e., about 35% of the total value of the productive trees in the Palestinian lands, and the total annual production rate of the olive oil was 22951.1 for the same year (PCBS, 2012).

The consumption rate of the olive oil was 10 liter per person per year in the West Bank and Gaza in 1970. Then, it was declined gradually for the next years reaching up to 4 liter per person in 2010. This dramatic change was due to the high increasing rates in the Palestinian olive oil prices, making many Palestinians look for other cheap alternatives.

The Palestinian olive fruits and olive oil form one of the basic agricultural income resources as they have contributed in some years more than 4.4% of the agricultural production value of the Palestinian lands, and 32% of the production value of the productive trees. The Palestinian exports of the olive fruits and oil were in the lead in the international trade for long years, contributing a great addition to the Palestinian trade industry.

The olive industry also offers one of the most essential consumption goods for the Palestinian citizens. So undoubtedly, the availability of such products with competitive prices, qualities and quantities has been an effective factor to the Palestinian food security as well as to other Palestinian industries.

Problems of the Palestinian Olive Industry

    The Palestinian olive industry has been suffering several obstacles and issues over time, most critically are the following:

    • Low economic benefit due to the high rates of the production costs and the prices fluctuation.
    • Uprooting the olive trees by the Israeli Occupation Authorities over the last six decades.
    • Sharp fluctuation of production, more particularly due to the alternate bearing phenomenon.
    • Continuous fragmentation of ownership.
    • Weak olive-related guidance services.
    • Poor applied scientific research.
    • Weakness of the respective and industry-related organizations.
    • Low rates in olive oil consumption by the individuals.

Target Groups

يستهدف هذا المؤتمر الفئات والشرائح التالية:

  • Researchers and olive interested scholars.
  • Respective Palestinian, Arab, and international universities and institutes.
  • Related ministries, governmental and non-governmental institutions in terms of responsibility and interest.
  • Unions, councils, agricultural syndicates, and civil community institutions acting in this industry.
  • Farmers.
  • Investors in agriculture, nurseries, pressers, packing houses, and exporting firms.
  • The International Olive Council.

Conference Significance

The conference highly signifies the olive tree and its products at the religious, civil, historic, economic, health and tourism levels. Therefore, Palestine Technical University – Kadoorie held responsibility as the first national and Arab region institution established in 1930 to take the initiative and invite, coordinate and prepare for the Fifth International Conference on Olive in Palestine and in the neighboring Arab regions after a series of successful and benefiting organizations of the conference on olives.

The conference also aims at shedding light on the olive tree and its products, bringing in researchers, farmers, and all workers in the olive industry to exchange scientific and crop research results, foster all efforts to develop and improve the production, distribute the agricultural experience results to be presented for a maximum number of interested groups, in addition to encouraging dialogue and networking between scholars, specialists, and decision makers to specify the future needs, draw effective policies, and contribute in decision making. It is also a unique opportunity for businesspersons, investors, and the governmental and non-governmental bodies to support developmental projects at the local, national and Arab levels.

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Conference Goals

  • Shedding light on this important industry as it essentializes the religion, civil community, history, economy, health and tourism.
  • Review the research papers and studies that were conducted and had all the dimensions on the Palestinian olive industry.
  • Discussing the issues, obstacles and challenges facing the olive industry in Palestine.
  • Reviewing the promising opportunities for this industry’s investment, conservation, and development.
  • Bringing together and coordinating the national effort (institutions and individuals) to develop the olive industry in Palestine.
  • Share expertise with regional and international experts in terms of research and studies that are related to the production, quality and marketing of the olive industry.
  • Maximizing group work and networking among the researchers of the active educational, research, and public and private sector organizations.
  • Creating a long-lasting website that discusses the subject of the Palestinian olive industry.
  • Maintaining results and recommendations that serve this pioneering industry.

Time Remaining:

Significant Dates

  • Conference starting date: Tuesday November 22, 2022 at Yasser Araft Theatre, at 10:00 am.
  • Registration starting date: Sunday July 10, 2022.
  • Deadline for abstracts submission: Thursday October 15, 2022.
  • Deadline for submitting full publishing research papers: Tuesday November 01, 2022.
  • Joining the exhibition starts on Sunday July 10, 2022 and ends on Sunday October 30, 2022.

Contact us

For more inquiries:
You can communicate via the email: icop5th@ptuk.edu.ps


Or contact:

  • Conference chairperson – president, Dr. Wafa Masoud, mobile no. 00970594101517.
  • Preparatory committee chairperson, Dr. Basil Natsha, mobile no. 00970599368367.
  • Scientific committee chairperson, Dr. Mazin Salman, mobile no. 00970598491413.
  • Exhibit committee chairperson, Eng. Mohammad Jawabrih, mobile no. 00970594500908.

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