Ahvaz to host ‘Date & Life’ exhibitionThe southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz, in Khuzestan Province, will host an exhibition on ‘Date and Life’ in 2016, said Majid Keyvani, the head of Khuzestan’s NGOs Network
“The exhibition — in form of a scholarly and cultural festival — will be held in the city’s palm groves,” he said, according to the English-language paper Iran Daily.
Keyvani noted that date has been described as a holy and strategic fruit in the Holy Qur’an and its benefits should not be neglected.
“A high value has been placed on this date in Islam due to its health and nutritional aspects,” he said.
“Date has been produced in Mesopotamia since pre-Islamic Era,” he said, adding that Ahvaz is known for producing a variety of dates.
“More than 7,000 tons of dates have been harvested in Ahvaz this year,” said Abdolreza Neisi, the head of Ahvaz Agricultural Jihad Department.
About 600 hectares of the city’s farmlands are under cultivation for high quality dates, he said.
Recent dust storms and a decline in water levels of rivers have harmed palm groves of Ahvaz.
Ahvaz dates are exported to several countries.