Number of foreign workers in Jordan stands at 800,000, minister

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Mafraq, Aug. 8 (Petra)--Agriculture Minister Rida Khawaldeh said that the number of foreign workers in the Kingdom stands at 800,000, and highlighted the need to rectify their status to develop the Kingdom's agriculture sector.

During a tour of the northern Mafraq Governorate on Monday, he said the ministry is a strategic partner of farmers and the agriculture sector, noting that decisions are not taken without consultations with this vital sector.

He said agriculture contributes to 27-30 percent of Jordan's Gross Domestic Product, a fact which requires preserving this sector as it is the main employer of Jordanian laborers.

The minister voiced hope that the Iraq market will be opened for Jordanian products, adding this would contribute to solving problems facing the agricultural sector.