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Exporting Lebanese apples to Russia to help farmers


The Rene Moawad Foundation (RMF) launched an initiative aimed at helping Lebanese apple growers dispose their harvest in Russian markets for the first time, reported Al Jumhouriya today. RMF, the newspaper said, struck a deal with a specialized company to export made-in-Lebanon veggies and fruits to Russia. This initiative comes as part of the ‘promotion of agriculture and rural development program’ managed by RMF, to alleviate the marketing crisis of domestic production as a result of border closure on the one hand, and the delayed compensation by the government to grieved farmers on the other. To this end, Lebanese apples were packed in line with Russian and international specifications with the guarantee of Bureau Veritas (TIC) for global testing and certification. The company also seeks to eventually grant access to African and East Asian markets for other varieties of Lebanese fruits and vegetables. In this respect, the minister of agriculture, Ghazi Zeiater, received yesterday a delegation of the Batrouniyat Cooperative and the Lebanese Maronite Order coop- Adyar. The delegation presented a joint project for cooling and packaging of apples, olives, olive oil and apple juice products to serve the areas of Batroon, Bcharri, Koura, Zgharta and Jbeil. Zeiater responded by expressing his ministry’s readiness to cooperate with resources at hand. Meanwhile, the head of the Higher Relief Council, Maj. Gen. Mohamad Kheir, supervised the distribution of the second instalment of the government’s compensation to apple farmers in the Bekaa towns of Arsaal and Labweh. (Lebanon 24, Al Joumhouriya, Al Diyar, Al Mustaqbal, November 4, 7, 2017)

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