Fruits And Vegetables Industry In Bahrain: Analysis Of Consumption And Production Trends Of Fruits And Vegetables Over The Last Decade
Agriculture in Bahrain historically is an important sector of the economy. Before the development of the oil industry, date palm cultivation dominated bahrain’s agriculture, producing sufficient dates for both domestic consumption and export. At least twenty-three varieties of dates are grown, and the leaves, branches, buds, and flowers of the date palm also are used extensively. From the 1950s through the 1970s, changing food consumption habits, as well as the increasing salinity of the aquifers that served as irrigation sources, led to a gradual decline in date cultivation. By the 1980s, a significant number of palm groves had been replaced by new kinds of agricultural activities, including vegetable gardens, nurseries for trees and flowers, poultry production, and dairy farm.
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