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Efforts to grant entry to Jordan of Lebanese potato fail

3-11-2017

An Nahar revealed today that negotiations with Jordan to grant entry to the Lebanese potatoes have failed especially following Premier Saad Hariri call to his Jordanian counterpart on October 24 and his promise to solve the problem. The Lebanese minister of agriculture, Ghazi Z3ayater, was assigned to follow up on the subject and provide the necessary lab tests to reassure the Jordanian side of the safety of the imported crops. To note, the Lebanese trucks loaded with potato have been stranded in the Port of Aqaba since October 15 and have been waiting to enter Jordan. (c.f: http://bit.ly/2zhB6Fp) A delegation of potato farmers has visited the minister on October 31st. The latter promised them to resolve the impasse and secure new outlets for made-in-Lebanon goods. Similarly, the Democratic Gathering MP Wa2el Abu Fa3oor visited Z3ayter yesterday to discuss the crisis of agriculture and both sides agreed to put an end to smuggling and penalize smugglers and confiscate the smuggled goods that are blatantly competing domestic production. Zeiater and Abu F3aoor contacted the director general of the Lebanese Customs, Badri Daher, to this effect. (AN Nahar, Al Diyar, November 1 and 3, 2017)

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