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‘Ardi’ eighth mooneh exhibition


Under the patronage of economy minister, Mansur Bteish, the 8th exhibition for mouneh ‘Ardi’ kicked off last Friday at the Sayyid al Shuhadaa Complex in Beirut’s Southern Suburbs entitled ‘Mawasem al Elfeh, Mooneh w Hirfeh’. The ministry’s director general, Alia Abbas, representing Bteish, stressed the importance of the event in boosting national economy and strengthening the steadfastness of farmers. The exhibition, Abbas said, is not a promotional or marketing project. Rather, it seeks to revive heritage and traditions, encourage women to carry on with their initiatives, help farmers sell their products directly to consumers without intermediaries and allow “housewives” to buy made-in-Lebanon rural products. She underlined the need to regulate and support the mooneh production sector which contributes to the empowerment of women and youth. Pointing out that domestic agriculture which is a vital catalyst of the economic cycle, should be given greater attention, Abbas lamented the fact that this sector represents only 3.5% of the GDP because of the lack of an all-inclusive agricultural strategy. She warned that economic reforms should start with boosting agriculture and developing a clear-cut policy directed to agricultural industries. For his part, the manager of the above exhibition, Abbas Qataya, insisted on carrying out this event regardless of the current turmoil, pointing to the participation of more than 850 exhibitors who showcased some 920 items from the various rural goods and artifacts. The exhibition (November 1-10, from 10 am to 10 pm) is expected to attract over 150,000 visitors from Beirut, the South, the North, Beqaa and Mount Lebanon. )Al Diyar, November 5, 2019)

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