In Pakistan, there are over 80 million olive trees, which is almost 15 million more than that exist in Jaen.
At the end of the 80s in the last century, the fruit of an agreement between Italy and Pakistan blossomed. It was a program that was initiated to introduce olive trees in this country as agricultural farms for the establishment of the rural population and as a source of wealth for its inhabitants.
In order to do this, a suitability study was carried out on the land to determine which areas were most suitable for cultivation, both orographically and climatically. In this study, more than 80 million wild olive trees were found scattered throughout the country, representing 35% more than the olive trees that are planted in Jaén, which is the highest producing olive oil province worldwide.
Without doubt this finding determined that the nature of the country was more than adequate for this crop. As a result, different programs to help farmers promote this crop were initiated.
The latest program, which goes from 2015-2020, includes the free delivery of over 870,000 olive trees to grow in the designated territory. This further adds to the more than 1 million productive olive trees that currently exist in the country since the work began in 1986.
The country has 250 olive mills, one table olive processing plant and an area of 70 thousand hectares of olive orchards. These are some traditional ones, yet some intensive, too. Furthermore, almost all of them operate under a rainfed water regime.
Therefore, olive tree DNA can undoubtedly be found in the roots of Pakistan.