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Agriculture in Lebanon not doing well


Problems continue to plague the agricultural sector in Lebanon. The minister of agriculture Ghazi Z3aiter met on February 25 with potato and onion growers, and a delegation from Al Mashate and revealed that one office at Lebanon’s Audit Bureau is impeding the works of his ministry in a number of files, including payments to Al Mashatel. On the other hand, the finance minister announced on February 24 that the sums allocated by a premier’s decision to support olive oil production in Marjey3oon and Hasbaya still awaits the publishing of the general budget, pledging to step up the execution of the decision delayed by bureaucratic procedures. Meanwhile, the Zgharta-Ehden Municipality, in cooperation with the Chamber of Tripoli and the Federation of Municipalities of Zgharta District and the patronage of tourism minister, organized on February 25 the first olive festival in the town of Kfarhata which included rural cooking and children’s recreational activities. On the fate of potato and potato farmers, after the entry in the first week of February of the Egyptian ship loaded with 7 thousand tons of potato, the chief of the Beqaa Farmers Association, Ibrahim Tarshishi, disclosed to An Nahar that the distributed quantities have dumped the local markets incurring huge losses on both the Lebanese and Egyptian traders and causing further decline in the price of the products. An Nahar pointed out that the minister of agriculture is under pressure to concede the entry of the Egyptian potato before the agreed date to safeguard the political and trade interests between the two countries. (Al Mustaqbal, An Nahar, February 24, 26, 2018)

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