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Minister warns of the collapse of agriculture in Lebanon


In view of the official slackness vis-a-vis agriculture in Lebanon, the minister of agriculture in the caretaker government, Ghazi Zeiater, warned yesterday that the sector in general is on the verge of collapse. Conditions will get worse should this indifferent attitude continue, Zeiater told Al Diyar electronic portal, calling for the development of comprehensive agricultural plans to prop the sector. “I am responsible for what I say,” he concluded. In the same vein and on the same day, the general director of the agriculture ministry, Louis Lahood, said during his visit to the Chamber of Commerce for Saida and the South, that agriculture constitutes the safety valve for national economy. He stressed the continuous support of his ministry to agriculture and the fishing sector, outlining steps taken to this effect, and reiterating keenness to open international markets for domestic olive and olive oil. (Al Mustaqbal, Al Diyar, October 9, 2018)

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