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Lebanon stops fruit and veg imports through Arida Border Crossing
Lebanon is stopping the import of vegetables and fruits going through the Arida border in Tartous, where Syrian sources pointed out that this will have a negative impact on big coastal farmers, especially after the closing of the export line with Iraq.
The Lebanese authorities did not issue any statement regarding the reasons for stopping the importation of vegetables and fruits from the coastal area; however, the Director of the Arda Centre, Hassan Barhoum, confirmed in statements to the regime's media that the reason is that the Lebanese Ministry of Agriculture stopped granting import licenses for the current year.
Observers pointed out that the reason is related to the frequent detection of chemicals and pesticides used by farmers in the coastal area, which has more than once caused countries to refuse to import their crops, considering them unfit for human consumption.
Barhoum said that the suspension of imports will have a negative impact on the revenue of both the state and the producers, as Lebanon was importing between 200 to 400 tonnes per day. It will also open the way for smugglers from both countries to take advantage of the situation, according to Barhoum.
Lebanon's decision to stop the importation of vegetables and citrus from the coast has led to prices deteriorating in the Lattakia and Tartous markets. The price of a kilogram of tomatoes has fallen to 75 liras (about 0.12 Euro), which is far below the production cost.
Publication date: 2/6/2018
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