Who We Work With

 MGO works with individual farmers and cooperatives from different regions in Palestine including:

  • Asira El-Shamalieh Cluster: This cluster consists of 16 villages with two agricultural cooperatives and two pressing mills in Asira El-Shamalieh itself and Sabasita.
  • Burin Cluster: This cluster consists of five villages with one agricultural association called Burin Committee and two press mills one in Burien and the other in Oureef.
  • Zeta Jama’ien Cluster: This cluster comprises of five villages. They have one press mill and are all individual farmers working with MGO and are on the way to becoming a cooperative.
  • Toulkarem Cluster: This cluster consists of five villages with one cooperative and two press mills working with MGO.
  • Qabalan Cooperative.
  • Awarta Committee.
  • Salfeet and Marda areas consist of individual farmers working with MGO.

The farmers that MGO works with have inherited their lands and olive trees from their forefathers. The olive trees mostly comprise of the Nabali Baladi and Suri variations of olive trees, which are believed to produce top quality olives that are superior to all other olive trees. These trees produce some of the best quality olive oil and are a decent from the roman trees that were brought here few thousand years ago.

Farmers care for their trees using traditional methods passed down through the generations. Farmers use a traditional organic fertilizer such as sheep, goat, or chicken manure. The only modern techniques used are pheromone flytraps that catch flies that harm the olive produce. These trees are only rain fed. Due to the rocky and steep nature of the land in our region, farmers use manual plowing which is very good for olive trees since they have hair like roots that are 15 cm under the soil.

MGO informs farmers about the benefits of collective harvesting, pressing, storage and sales of olives.

Press Mills

Due to MGO’s belief in the importance of the milling process to the quality of the final product, we believe in providing support and assistance to press mills. We believe that increasing the capacity and capability of press mills in Palestine will increase the quality of Palestinian olive oil, benefitting farmers, press mill owners, olive oil producers, and the community at large.

For best results, olives are pressed within two days of harvesting. MGO arranges for collective pressing for farmer groups in order to get the best deal for them. This allows the farmers to press their olives on an agreed time avoiding waiting and delays in pressing. MGO also ensures that press mills are cleaned properly before starting pressing in order to produce the best quality olive oil possible. MGO employee monitors this process to insure all correct procedures are taken during pressing.

Press mills are a crucial factor in the production of great olive oil. We work with several press mills and are hoping to make all press mills compliant with international standards for production of high quality olive oil.

MGO also provides press owners and operators training and assistance in adhering to international standards on hygiene, quality control, and low temperature pressing (cold press), and assistance in the procurement and training in the use of olive oil mini testing kits.

Services

MGO provides storage services to cooperatives and farmers. MGO maintains ten storage facilities in various locations for this purpose. The storage facilities are outfitted with stainless steel tanks that provide the best storage conditions for olive oil. Oil transportation services using a special mobile stainless steel tanker are also provided to farmers and cooperatives. MGO also maintains storage facilities in some of the press mills such as in the Burien Press Mill. Storage tank capacities range in size from 1,000 to 4,000 litters.

MGO has a total storage capacity of 150 tons. We maintain a storage facility in Awarta with a capacity of 40 tons, one in Burin village with a storage capacity of 60 tons, and eight more storage facilities distributed strategically with a total storage capacity of 50 tons.

Storage and Production Process

Proper storage is an important determinant of the quality of olive oil produced. After performing a preliminary quality test, MGO collects olive oil from press mills, using a mobile stainless steel tank. In the Storage facility, the olive oil is placed in temporary storing tanks pending quality testing through Birzeit University, the Ministry of Agriculture or the Ministry of Health. After quality assurance, the olive oil is stored in stainless steel tanks according to the area it originates in. The olive oil is stored in these tanks until bottling.

MGO uses a semi automated filling line in order to produce job opportunities for people in rural areas. For each olive oil shipment, MGO creates 800 work hours (100 work days) improving living conditions for people living in rural areas. Employees work on filling, labelling and packing olive oil bottles. MGO uses local companies to produce packaging materials such as labels and cartons. As for bottles, MGO imports all of its bottles from Italy. MGO is constantly working on improving product quality.