Initiatives Needed to Promote the Export of Dates from Pakistan

Organic Dates

Aseel Dates are a type of date fruit that are mainly grown and produced in Pakistan. They are known for their unique taste, texture, and health benefits. Aseel Dates are one of the most sought-after varieties of dates from Pakistan in the international market, thanks to their popularity, cost effectiveness, longer shelf life, and quality.

Pakistan is one of the largest producers and suppliers of dates in the world, with an annual production of more than 600,000 tons of dates from Pakistan, with a wide range of varieties. The main areas for dates cultivation in Pakistan are the Khairpur district of Sindh Province and the Panjgur District of Baluchistan Province. Aseel is the main commercial variety of Pakistani Dates, which is highly demanded in export-led markets.

Premium quality organic Aseel Dates are also produced in our dedicated organic date-palm farms in Pakistan. These organic dates from Pakistan are grown under certified EU and USDA-compliant standards, ensuring their high quality and purity.

There are many types of dates available internationally, each with its own unique taste, texture, and nutritional value. Aseel Dates from Pakistan are in direct competition with the following most popular types of dates from around the world:

Medjool Dates – These are large, sweet, and often considered the “king of dates.” They are popular for their soft, chewy texture and are grown mainly in Jordan, Morocco, and California.

Deglet Noor Dates – These dates are smaller and drier than Medjool dates, with a slightly nutty flavor. They are mainly grown in Tunisia, Algeria, and California.

Ajwa Dates – These are known for their soft texture and rich flavor. They are often considered the most expensive and luxurious date variety and are grown mainly in Medina, Saudi Arabia.

Khudri Dates – These are sweet and caramel-like in flavor, with a chewy texture. They are grown mainly in Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Barhi Dates – These are plump and soft, with a caramel-like flavor and a slight crunch. They are mainly grown in Iraq, Tunisia or Algeria and California, USA.

Halawi Dates – These are soft and sweet, with a chewy texture and a light caramel flavor. They are mainly grown in Iraq and California.

Zahidi Dates – These are smaller and drier than other date varieties, with a nutty and slightly sweet flavor. They are mainly grown in Iran and Iraq.

Due to the increasing demand for dates from Pakistan in the global market, the Government of Pakistan, through its Trade Development Authority (TDAP), has taken several initiatives to promote the export of Aseel Dates. However, there is still a need to introduce vital initiatives that include providing financial assistance to growers and exporters, establishing training programs to improve quality, and developing infrastructure to facilitate the export of dates from Pakistan.