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USD 10 million needed to support olive oil producers in Hasbaya and Marjey3oon

7-8-2017

The Development and Liberation parliamentary bloc member, Anwar Khalil, disclosed yesterday that the head of the council of ministers Saad Hariri has agreed to allocate a sum of USD 10 million to subsidize about 200 thousand olive oil containers from Hasbaya and Marjey3oon caza. Khalil, who was speaking during a press conference in the presence of mayors, mukhtars, heads of coops and farmers to discuss marketing mechanism of the olive oil, confirmed that Hariri has personally pledged to secure the amount as a direct subvention to olive producers in the Caza. In the same vein, the agriculture ministry last Friday signed two executive agreements with Italy. The first is in the form of a donation to the ministry in support of the olive oil sector as part of the ‘strengthening and enhancing quality olive oil chain in Lebanon’ project (Euro one million worth of initiative funded by Italy for a period of 18 months). The second is the ‘Master plan for the sustainable development of Lebanese coastal communities’ project concluded with the Council of Development and Reconstruction (CDR) for a period 12 months at Euro 1 million. To note, both projects are financed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Directorate General for Development Cooperation (DGCS) and the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) and implemented by the International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM-Bari). (Al Mustaqbal, An Nahar, Al Diyar, August 7, 2017)

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